Social Security and Medicare to run short sooner than expected
May 13th, 2011
01:27 PM ET
7 years ago

Social Security and Medicare to run short sooner than expected

New York (CNNMoney) - The trust funds of Social Security and Medicare - the country's two biggest entitlement programs - will run dry earlier than expected, according a report Friday from the programs' trustees.

After expiration, the programs will only be taking in enough money to pay a portion of promised benefits to retirees.


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GOP senators propose raising age for Social Security benefits
April 13th, 2011
04:19 PM ET
7 years ago

GOP senators propose raising age for Social Security benefits

Washington (CNN) - On the day President Obama announced his vision for curbing the costs of entitlement programs and reining in the nation's deepening debt, three conservative Republican senators announced their plan to raise the eligibility age for Social Security to 70 while lowering monthly payments to upper-income retirees.

"There is no way in God's green Earth to save America from bankruptcy until you deal with entitlements," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina. "Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, combined in the next twenty years, is going to absorb every dollar of revenue coming to this place. There will be no money left for anything else."

Filed under: Social Security
Boehner says Social Security reform should be considered
January 27th, 2011
07:45 AM ET
7 years ago

Boehner says Social Security reform should be considered

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner backed off Wednesday from a previous call to raise the eligibility age for Social Security benefits, but still described the idea as logical.

In an interview on CNN, Boehner, R-Ohio, said he made a mistake in advocating such a change to the government-run pension plan without first reaching an understanding of what needed to be done to reduce the federal deficit.

Filed under: John Boehner • Social Security
November 18th, 2010
12:30 PM ET
7 years ago

CNN Poll: Americans split on cutting government spending

Washington (CNN) - A new national poll suggests that cuts in federal spending are likely to be hard to sell to the American public, even though the desire for less spending on domestic programs is significantly higher than it was during the Reagan and Clinton years.

According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Thursday, the number of Americans who want more government spending on domestic programs equals the number who want the government to spend less. Overall, 49 percent say the federal government should spend more money for domestic programs; that figure is up 17 percentage points since 1994. Another 49 percent saying less should be spent on domestic programs.

See the full results after the jump.

Filed under: CNN poll • Deficit • Medicaid • Medicare • Polls • Social Security • Taxes
November 13th, 2010
10:04 AM ET
7 years ago

Democrats to push for $250 Social Security payment

NEW YORK ( - When House Democrats return to Washington on Monday, a top priority will be putting a $250 dollar check in the mail to 58 million Social Security recipients.

Democrats plan to vote early in the lame-duck session on a bill that would provide Social Security recipients with a one-time payment, according to the office of Earl Pomeroy, a Democrat from North Dakota who authored the legislation.


Filed under: Congress • Democrats • Social Security
August 18th, 2010
12:15 PM ET
8 years ago

Obama: Social Security won't be privatized


 President Obama told some residents of Columbus, Ohio on Wednesday that social security would not be privatized while he is in the White House. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)

Columbus, Ohio (CNN) - President Barack Obama pledged Wednesday that the Social Security system won't be privatized while he is in the White House.

In a town-hall style meeting with a few dozen residents of Columbus, Ohio, Obama said "modest" changes can keep the government pension system solvent for decades.

Republicans have called for transforming the government program to a private savings account as a way to help keep it going as America's aging population stresses its financial health.

"It will not be privatized as long as I'm president," Obama said to applause, noting that the economic recession and Wall Street collapse would have devastated the savings of retirees under a privatized Social Security system.

Full story

Filed under: Ohio • President Obama • Social Security
August 14th, 2010
10:13 AM ET
8 years ago

Social Security turns 75

Read the full text of the Weekly White House address after the jump.


Filed under: President Obama • Social Security
August 13th, 2010
06:00 AM ET
8 years ago

CNN poll: Majority say they don't count on Social Security

(CNN) - Pessimism over Social Security is at an all-time high as six in ten Americans who don't already receive benefits through the program say they never will, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll.

As the program nears its 70th anniversary of implementation, 63 percent of Americans say the program won't last another 70 years.

"There have always been a significant number of Americans who thought that Social Security would not be able to pay benefits to them when they retire," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. "But since 1989, when Gallup first asked this question, that number usually hovered in the mid-40s and never rose higher than 52 percent. Today, 60 percent say they will never get a benefit from Social Security."


Filed under: Medicaid • Social Security
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