While corporate media talks about the deficit and cutting Social Security and Medicare, we turn the argument for cuts on its head. We focus on growing poverty among seniors and popular solutions. Instead of cutting social insurances, our guests call for expanding and improving them. Steven Hill (Steven-Hill.com) wrote in The Atlantic that Social Security is the most stable pension plan in today’s economy and that there are ways to double Social Security benefits. This would bring more seniors to a comfortable level of retirement and would stabilize our economy through increased spending. Dr. Andy Coates, the current president of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP.org), discusses improving and expanding Medicare to everyone as a way to address both the health care and economic crises.
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Solve the Real Problems – Poverty Retirement and Health Insecurity – and the Economy Will Recover by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers
Don’t Cut Social Security, Double It by Steven Hill
Steven Hill: Steven Hill is a political writer and author of several books including “Europe’s Promise: Why the European Way Is the Best Hope for an Insecure Age (www.EuropesPromise.org)” and “10 Steps to Repair American Democracy, 2012 Election Edition” (www.10Steps.net). His articles and interviews have appeared in media around the world. His website is www.Steven-Hill.com.
Dr. Andy Coates: Practicing physician in upstate NY, co-founder of Single Payer NY and new president of Physicians for a National Health Program. Featured in recent article in The Buffalo News: “Doctor sees shift to single payer health care.” See PNHP.org