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Affordable Care Act vital to

Americans' economic security


Reporter magazineThe Affordable Care Act, signed into law by President Obama in 2010, seeks to make coverage more affordable and increase the number of people with health insurance. As the U.S. Supreme Court deliberates on the act, we need to build on the success of the law, not tear it down, AFT president Randi Weingarten says. "Access to affordable healthcare is an essential building block to restoring the middle class and providing economic security to all Americans," she says. "High-quality, affordable healthcare should not be a luxury for a few, but a promise to all, and the Affordable Care Act is making that promise a reality for millions of Americans."

Read more about why we need the act on AFT.org

Get the facts on healthcare reform

Playing inflation games with grandma

retiree legislationIn an effort to reduce Social Security payments, some members of Congress are proposing a switch to a "chained consumer price index" (CPI), which is a smaller measure of inflation. According to its supporters, using a chained CPI would make the annual cost-of-living adjustment more accurate and save the government money. However, opponents of the chained CPI say its use would result in an immediate benefit cut to seniors and would make it harder for them to make ends meet.

Read why chained CPI is no good for seniors

Get more details from the Center for Economic Policy and Research

To innovate, look at those who educate

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Rather than work with teachers and their unions, many self-described reformers accuse us of being resistant to reform and concerned only about adults, not students. To prove those accusations false, AFT president Randi Weingarten examines the serious, hard work of AFT members.

Visit AFT.org to read President Weingarten's column

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Oppose the reckless Ryan budget plan

The Republicans' fiscal year 2013 budget resolution fails to offer a sensible path forward for creating jobs, rebuilding the middle class, caring for our most vulnerable citizens and dealing with our long-term economic stability. Instead, it prioritizes tax breaks for upper-income Americans and corporations, while dramatically cutting discretionary funds that support education, training and health initiatives that are essential to educating our children and helping our economy grow. What's more, the budget resolution would end Medicare as we know it and leave seniors without access to affordable, high-quality healthcare.

Read more about it at AFT.org

Savvy saving seniors

For many older adults, the path to economic security begins with basic money management. Learning how to budget, avoid scams and apply for benefits can help seniors stay secure and independent longer. With support from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, the National Council on Aging has developed several toolkits to help professionals educate older adults about good money skills.

Learn more at the National Council on Aging

Information at your fingertips

Caring for an aging and ailing parent. NPR talks to Jane Gross, author of A Bittersweet Season, about caring for her aging mother and what she wishes she had known before she started.

MetLife study finds, contrary to predictions, boomers are retiring. Despite the popular belief that baby boomers will continue to work well past the traditional retirement age of 65, those born in 1946 are retiring in droves.

Social Security’s financial health worsens

The Obama administration recently reported a significant deterioration in the financial outlook for Social Security, while stating that the financial condition of Medicare was stable but still unsustainable. The Social Security trust fund will be exhausted in 2033, three years sooner than projected last year, the administration said. And Medicare’s hospital insurance trust fund will be depleted in 2024, the same as last year’s estimate, it said.

The New York Times has the story

April2012

In This Issue

Affordable Care Act vital to Americans' economic security

Playing inflation games

Oppose the Ryan plan

Savvy saving seniors

Social Security's financial health worsens

Your Union Power - Everyday

"Bully," a documentary on student bullying, opened in theaters this month. The movie explores the lives of five students and their families.

Learn more about the movie

Visit the AFT's "See a Bully, Stop a Bully" campaign site for more resources

Your Union Power - Everyday

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