AARP, which lobbies on behalf of seniors, has launched a television campaign designed to persuade members of the congressional "super committee" charged with finding $1.5 trillion worth of deficit reduction to leave Social Security and Medicare alone.
The national ad campaign — to air on NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC and Fox News — targets the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. The committee has a broad mandate and can consider spending cuts, tax overhaul and cuts in entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare in putting together a package worth $1.5 trillion over 10 years.
“Our members and average Americans, like those featured in this ad, have worked hard over their lifetimes and depend on the Medicare and Social Security benefits they have earned for their health and retirement security,” said Nancy LeaMond, AARP executive vice president. “Seniors, who have average incomes of under $20,000, want their elected leaders to cut waste and tax loopholes, not their hard-earned benefits.”
According to the ad’s script, the pitch is that Social Security payments have been earned by a lifetime of work and that Medicare, the health insurance plan for seniors, is paid by participants.