Nancy J. Altman

Nancy 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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Friday, December 09, 2016
Bait and Switch: No One Voted to Destroy Medicare
Donald Trump did not campaign on a promise to destroy Medicare. In fact, he promised not to touch Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. But now that the Republicans are in charge of the White House, the Senate, and the House of Representatives, destroying Medicare appears to be on the top of...
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Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Did Donald Trump Cheat on His Social Security and Medicare Taxes?
In 1995 and other years, has billionaire Donald Trump paid less for Social Security and Medicare than minimum wage workers paid? If he did, he probably cheated. The only way to know for sure is to see his federal income tax returns. But there is indeed evidence already in the public domain that...
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Monday, August 29, 2016
Donald Trump Doesn’t Understand Social Security
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has released a new ad that reveals that either he doesn’t understand Social Security or he wants to galvanize opposition to Social Security. Either way, his rhetoric undermines our collective security. In his ad, Trump wrongly attacks immigrants and...
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Saturday, April 16, 2016
A New LGBTQ Victory Is a Victory for All of Us: The Social Security Administration Does the Right Thing
Does the government work for us or against us? As the result of a decision by the Social Security Administration (“SSA”), the government is working better for all of us today. For convincing SSA to do the right thing, we should thank Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Representative Mark Takano (D-CA...
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Monday, March 14, 2016
Social Security: The GOP vs. the American People
In case anyone had any doubts, the most recent Republican presidential debate made crystal clear how out of touch the Republican establishment is with the American people. Social Security is extremely popular with the overwhelming majority of Americans - whatever their Party affiliation, age, race...
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Monday, January 25, 2016
How and Why Medicare for All Is a Realistic Goal
Hillary Clinton is wrong when she says that Medicare for all is not achievable. In fact, if she and her husband had embraced the concept in 1993, we would be nearly there today. Medicare was supposed to be a first step toward Medicare for all. After activists tried and failed to include universal...
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015
On Hostage Takers and the Budget Deal
Last night, the Republican leadership agreed to release their hostages: the need to raise the debt limit, the need to keep the government operating, and the need to ensure that all Social Security benefits can continue to be paid in full and on time beyond 2016. When hostage takers release their...
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Friday, August 14, 2015
Social Security at 80: Defending a Program Which Has Defended All of Us
Social Security was signed into law eighty years ago, on August 14, 1935. In those eight decades, it has taught us a number of important lessons. Social Security has demonstrated that there are some undertakings that government does better than the private sector. Social Security is more efficient...
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Wednesday, January 07, 2015
The New Republican Attack on Social Security Starts Now!
Republican opponents of Social Security have not wasted even a single day in their plan to dismantle Social Security brick by brick. What should be a dry, mundane exercise -- the adoption of new rules by the newly convening House of Representatives -- has turned into a stealth attack on America's...
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