DFL Senior Caucus e-Update 10-1022
George W. Bush regrets not being able to “Reform” Social Security
On Thursday, George W. Bush said that his greatest failure in office was not passing Social Security reform. Bush made the remarks while speaking in Chicago at a conference for a finance trade association. He had sought to push through legislation after he won re-election in 2004 that would have privatized Social Security. “The former President’s comments unfortunately prove once again that Republicans would privatize Social Security if given another chance to do so,” said Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance.
(Reported by The Alliance for Retired Americans www.retiredamiricans.org, 10/22/10).
Two major provisions of the law expand medical coverage, which should have a positive impact in reducing disparities because low-income people and people of color are more likely than others to lack health coverage.
Tax credits to help individuals and families buy health insurance. Efforts to enable more people to access private health insurance will help to ease disparities in health care coverage. The federal law will provide tax credits to households with incomes below 400 percent of the poverty line to purchase health insurance – today, 400 percent of the poverty line is $73,240 for a family of three. About 80 percent of non-elderly blacks, Hispanics, and American Indians and Alaska Natives have incomes below that level, according to Families USA.
Simplified and expanded eligibility for Medicaid (called Medical Assistance in Minnesota), which provides insurance coverage to people who can’t afford it on their own or can’t get it through their jobs. Starting in 2014, Medicaid will cover individuals and households with incomes up to a third higher than the federal poverty line – measured against today’s poverty guidelines, that means single people with incomes up to $14,403 would be covered.
(Reported by Minnesota Budget Bites, http://minnesotabudgetbites.org, 10/15/10)
Tom Horner, not an alternative candidate!
The Star Tribune endorsed Tom Horner for Governor. POOR CHOICE!
While he runs under an Independent Party banner, he is not a middle of the road candidate nor is he an alternative candidate. Some points recently made by the DFL are, Tom Horner:
…plans to raise sales taxes on almost everything we buy, including essentials which will hit seniors and middle class families twice as hard as others;
…is asking the middle class to pay more taxes and plans to cut taxes for big businesses;
…is a lifelong political insider who has made millions in taxpayer money through government public relations contracts;
…has a plan that the more he talks about it shows it to be continuation of Governor Pawlenty’s failed policies; and
…made numerous big contributions to Governor Pawlenty campaigns, then was awarded a half million dollars of taxpayer money from Governor Pawlenty to put a better face on the I-35 bridge reconstruction.
Seniors calling Phone Banks
Find a phone bank from this list: https://dflseniors.wordpress.com/2010/09/23/seniors-calling-seniors-phone-banks/
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Mark this date – Senior Caucus Gala celebration, November 14. Go to https://dflseniors.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/gala-v1015.pdf