In response to Pastor John Sanders’ letter, “Raising age for benefits hurts elderly,” his heart is in the right place, but his facts are not accurate.
Increasing the age for benefits is not what is hurting elderly seniors. During the 1990s, before Rep. Bill Cassidy became a politician, the retirement age for full benefits was changed from 65 years to 66 for those born after 1954, and 67 for those born after 1960. This was done to keep Social Security from having to cut benefits for those already retired. Sen. Mary Landrieu was in office during this time. I do not know if she voted for the change or not.
What is hurting seniors are cuts to Medicare. Some have already happened, with more to come. As an elderly senior, I have seen my costs double for routine doctor visits, specialists and prescription drugs, and it will continue to do so for the next 10 years. These cuts were not the results of any vote by Cassidy. He is a Republican, and only Democrats voted for the Affordable Care Act, which cut $700 billion from Medicare; that is a fact.
The Congressional Budget Office announced that the Medicare Trust Fund will be exhausted by 2022. With more people getting on the disability rolls, Social Security and Medicare will be exhausted soon.
Seniors should know who cut their benefits! It was Sen. Landrieu, not Rep. Cassidy.
chemical engineer, retired