Max Richtman

Max Richtman

Max Richtman is president and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. He is former staff director at the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging.

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Senator Bernie Sanders’ Social Security Expansion Act would subject earned income over $250,000 to the Social Security payroll tax. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
It's Time for Millionaires to Contribute Their Fair Share to Social Security
Today is just another day for millionaires and billionaires, but for the rest of American’s workers—it’s significant. February 19th, 2020 marks the date when America’s wealthiest stop paying into Social Security for the rest of the year. This is because Social Security payroll contributions are...
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If our economy is as prosperous as President Trump claims, then why are so many citizens cutting pills or forgoing the groceries they need to feed their families? (Photo: Getty) Views
Thursday, February 06, 2020
Trump's State of the Union Belies His Destructive Policies on Social Security, Prescription Drugs
President Trump paid lip service to preserving Social Security in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, but obscured his true intentions regarding a program that covers 178 million workers—and which another 64 million Americans depend on for basic financial security. The President owed it...
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This narrative holds that neither party is willing to address Social Security’s long-term future. Nothing could be farther from the truth. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Upcoming Democratic Debate Must Include Social Security
How long do seniors have to wait until they hear the Democratic presidential candidates’ positions on Social Security during a primary debate? Older Americans are the country’s largest voting bloc, but during the first four Democratic presidential debates, the moderators didn’t ask even one...
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Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Don’t Believe Misleading Coverage of Social Security Trustees’ Report
The media’s reporting on the Social Security Trustees’ annual reports has fallen into an unfortunate pattern: No matter what the Trustees actually report, journalists tend to describe Social Security and Medicare’s future in the gravest terms possible – topped by alarmist headlines. The coverage of...
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Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Honoring Frances Perkins, the 'Mother' of Social Security
In the iconic photo of Franklin D. Roosevelt signing the Social Security Act of 1935, the dignitaries crowded around the president stare intently at the legislation on his desk. Only one looks directly into the camera. She is the woman without whom we likely would not have Social Security today:...
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These customer service issues erode confidence in the system, leaving Social Security vulnerable to benefit cuts that opponents of the program have been advocating. (Photo: Courtesy of AFGE, Flickr | CC 2.0) Views
Thursday, December 06, 2018
New Legislation Would Clamp Down On Social Security Field Office Closing
Closing Social Security field offices can cause undue hardship for claimants, yet the Social Security Administration (SSA) has shuttered 67 of them since 2010 . Seniors advocates have recently intensified their efforts to push back against field office closures. Those efforts may finally gain some...
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Friday, October 26, 2018
Voters Face a Simple Choice: Expand Social Security and Medicare, or Watch GOP Eviscerate Them Both
Do older Americans want bigger Social Security checks and expanded Medicare coverage – or do they want their benefits cut? That is the fundamental question for seniors and their families with less than two weeks until the mid-term elections. The majority party in Congress has proposed time and...
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Expand Social Security Views
Sunday, September 16, 2018
Social Security: An Economic Engine That Benefits Everyone
Mention Social Security and most people immediately think of the monthly checks received by the program’s 62 million beneficiaries. Each day we see and hear how retirement, disability and survivor benefits keep people afloat and prevent them from falling into poverty. (Nearly half of beneficiaries...
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