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August 13, 2010 at 10:26 PM
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This week on Off the Charts, we discussed Social Security and its accomplishments in connection with its 75th anniversary tomorrow, federal aid to states in the jobs bill that the House passed this week, why President Bush’s tax cuts for high-income households should expire on schedule, and how the health reform law will affect seniors.

  • On Social Security, Kathy Ruffing posted two key facts each day about the program.  Click here to see all ten in a report we released today.
  • On aid to states in the jobs bill, Jon Shure explained why it was vital for the House to pass the bill and how failing to do so would be damaging to the economy.
  • On the Bush tax cuts, Chuck Marr discussed why a recent vote in the Senate serves as an “ominous warning” to those concerned about the nation’s fiscal future.  He also explained how the wealthy are more likely to benefit from extending the “middle class” tax cuts than even middle class households.
  • On the health reform law (i.e., the Affordable Care Act), January Angeles sat down with us to discuss what seniors should know about the new law.

In other news, the Center released reports on how Social Security is keeping 20 million Americans out of poverty, the top ten facts about Social Security, the new findings of the Social Security Trustees, and how extending the Bush “middle class” tax cuts would benefit the wealthy even more than middle class households.  We also released a podcast on the health reform law and seniors.


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