Nancy J. Altman

Nancy J. Altman

Nancy J. Altman is a writing fellow at the Independent Media Institute. She has a 40-year background in the areas of Social Security and private pensions. She is president of Social Security Works and chair of the Strengthen Social Security coalition. Her latest book is The Truth About Social Security. She is also the author of The Battle for Social Security and co-author of Social Security Works!

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Social Security and Medicare are proof that the American people can come together through our representatives in Washington to improve the lives of all of us. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
It’s Medicare’s Birthday—Let’s Offer It to Everyone
Fifty-four years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law. Over half a century later, Medicare has proven its tremendous worth. Before Medicare, nearly half of all seniors were uninsured. Now, virtually all Americans who have reached their 65th birthday are covered. Medicare is...
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Reprensetative John B. Larson (D-Conn.), accompanied by members of the House Ways & Means Committee and Social Security advocates, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill to announce the introduction of the Social Security 2100 Act. (AP Photo/Molly Riley) Views
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Today's Congressional Hearing Is A Huge Milestone In The Fight To Expand Social Security
Today, the House Ways and Means Committee is holding a hearing on the Social Security 2100 Act, which expands the benefits of both current and future beneficiaries, while ensuring that all benefits—scheduled, as well as proposed—will be paid on time and in full throughout the 21 st century and...
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Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Intergenerational Warfare Is a Scam—We Need to Expand Social Security and End Student Debt
President Franklin Roosevelt famously remarked about attacks on Social Security, “It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them.” We can see that strategy at work today. The “tyrants” are the billionaire class, ideologically opposed to contributing...
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Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Beware Trump's Sneak Attack on Social Security
Donald Trump’s recent budget proposal included billions of dollars in Social Security cuts. The proposed cuts were a huge betrayal of his campaign promise to protect our Social Security system. Fortunately for Social Security’s current and future beneficiaries, he has little chance of getting these...
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Saturday, May 11, 2019
The Remarkable Mothers of Social Security
This Mother’s Day, let’s celebrate the remarkable Mothers of Social Security. Without them, this essential program may never have been born. It certainly would be much less successful and effective. The Mothers of Social Security pushed for an expansive, ambitious program. When necessary, they...
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President Roosevelt signs the Social Security Act while John Dingell Sr., behind him, watches. (Photo: Public domain via Wikimedia, modified from the original.) Views
Tuesday, March 05, 2019
This Political Family Has Been Fighting for Social Security and Medicare for All Since the 1930s
Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) is a leader in the fight to improve Medicare and expand it to cover everyone in America. With Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), she is one of the two lead sponsors of the Medicare for All Act of 2019 , which was just introduced with more than 100 cosponsors. Dingell and...
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Rep. John B. Larson, D-Conn., accompanied by members of the House Ways & Means Committee, Social Security advocates, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 18, 2015, to announce the introduction of the Social Security 2100 Act. (AP Photo/Molly Riley) Views
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
A Huge Step Forward In The Quest To Expand Social Security
This morning, Representative John Larson (D-CT), Chair of the Social Security Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee, announced the introduction of the Social Security 2100 Act . He informed those in attendance and those around the country watching online that the bill has over 200...
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The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial with the Washington Monument in the background. Views
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Let’s Honor MLK’s Fight for Economic Justice by Expanding Social Security
We live in a divisive time, where the president of the United States focuses on our differences instead of our common humanity. Though Dr. Martin Luther King was controversial, he sought to unite us, to appeal to our better angels. Dr. King believed strongly in the dignity of all of us. He...
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Friday, November 30, 2018
Trump’s Budget Director Reveals Plans to Attack Social Security and Medicare
Opponents of Social Security and Medicare are so eager to end these two overwhelmingly important and popular earned benefits that they can’t contain themselves. Mick Mulvaney, the Trump administration’s director of the Office of Management and Budget, is the latest to make crystal clear the...
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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has bragged that he has been thinking about cutting these programs since his frat days. He literally claimed that he was “dreaming” of ending Medicaid when he was “drinking at a keg,” adding, “I’ve been thinking about this stuff for a long time.”(Photo: Courtesy of AFGE, Flickr | CC 2.0) Views
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
The Future of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid Is on the Ballot This November
Everyone who cares about their Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid needs to vote on November 6. If Republican politicians and the donors who own them retain full control of Congress, they are determined to finally succeed in their longstanding goal of ending all three programs. Right-wing...
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