You took action and helped us protect Social Security from harmful cuts last December and we need your help again! Congress is back at the table working to reduce the national deficit and, once again, Social Security is being unfairly put on the chopping block. What’s worse is that this time they have the support of AARP! CCHCC’s Medicare Task Force held a press conference on June 21, 2011 to show support for protecting Social Security benefits and prevent harmful cuts!
Social Security should be strengthened, not cut! CCHCC stands united with the Strengthen Social Security coalition in support of these seven commonsense principles:
1) Social Security did not cause the federal deficit; its benefits should not be cut to reduce the deficit.
2) Social Security should not be privatized in whole or in part.
3) Social Security should not be means-tested.
4) Congress should act in the coming few years to close Social Security’s funding gap by requiring those who are most able to afford it to pay somewhat more.
5) Social Security’s retirement age, already scheduled to increase from 65 to 67, should not be raised further.
6) Social Security’s benefits should not be reduced, including by changes to the COLA or the benefit formula.
7) Social Security’s benefits should be increased for those who are most disadvantaged.
If you support these principles, please take action today to stop Congress from cutting Social Security!
Click here for more information on the efforts in Washington, DC to cut Social Security. 
There are 3 easy ways that you can take action today!
1) Add your name to CCHCC’s letters to Sen. Durbin and Vice President Joe Biden calling on them to oppose harmful cuts to Social Security, including any efforts to raise the Social Security retirement age and lower the cost of living allowance:
Fill out the form below and click “Submit” to add your name to our letter.
2) Add your name to the “Strengthen Social Security…don’t cut it” petition to join the national movement to protect Social Security:
3) Contact AARP and tell them that “AARP doesn’t speak for me!” when they give their support for raising the Social Security retirement age.
AARP Illinois Office
Sample script: Hello, my name is __________________ and I was outraged when I heard AARP offer support for raising the Social Security retirement age. Unless AARP opposes increasing the Social Security retirement age, AARP does not speak for me!
(If you are an AARP member, let them know you are a member. If you’ve dropped your membership or are considering dropping your membership, let AARP know!)