Saturday, December 1, 2012
Massachusetts Democrats in Congress want to avoid cuts in benefits as part of any deal, but proposals such as raising the eligibility age for Medicare are still on the table. What would you do?
As Congress negotiates a deal to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" on Jan. 1, Massachusetts' congressional representatives have voiced their opposition to any cuts in benefits such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, the Boston Globe reports. However, there are proposals still on the table that would change those benefit programs, including linking Social Security benefits to a more conservative inflation index that would slightly reduce annual increases, or raising the eligibility age for Medicare from 65 to 67. The Globe reported that while the Bay State's legislators were united against changes to Social Security, there's some wiggle room on Medicare. Rep. Ed Markey opposes raising the Medicare eligibility age; Rep. Michael …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
ProgressMass writes in to discuss what they believe could be the effect of Scott Brown's policies on seniors in Brookline.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The following is a letter to the editor from ProgressMass, a self-described "progressive communications hub": Scott Brown’s Health Care Policy Harmful for Brookline Seniors According to the 2010 Census, 7,494 people age 65 and older live in Brookline, and every one of them should be deeply concerned about Republican Scott Brown’s health care policy. The centerpiece of Brown’s health care policy is working to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the federal health care reform law known as ObamaCare. National health care advocacy organization Community Catalyst Action Fund released a new analysis finding that, if the Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”) is repealed, senior citizens in Brookline and across Massachusetts will be saddled with higher …
Sunday, July 1, 2012
A black bear naps in a Chestnut Hill, the President visits Boston, and the MBTA's rates are going up (as of Sunday).
He wasn't here in Brookline, but President Obama stopped by the City before heading out to Weston on Monday. Late that night, a Black Bear was reportedly Spotted on the Newton/Brookline Line. We also learned that Pottery Barn, Treat Cupcake Bar plan to Open in Chestnut Hill Shopping Center. Brookline Police Log featured a three-man arrest for armed robbery, and two missing stone lions. The Brookline Black Bear was spotted in a Chestnut Hill Tree, brought down and trucked awayTuesday. He had had a Long, Strange Trip, or a The Suburban Odyssey--considering Wildlife Officials say the Bear Captured in Brookline is the Cape Cod Bear. Brookline Arrest Log, included several disorderly and peace-disturbing entries. Wednesday morning, reports …
Friday, June 29, 2012
Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown and his Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren react to the Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act.
Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) and his challenger in the 2012 election Democrat Elizabeth Warren clashed in their reactions to the U.S. Supreme Court's health care reform ruling. On June 28, the court decided 5-4 to uphold the mandate for individuals to purchase health insurance, the most controversial component of the Affordable Care Act. According to the Huffington Post, if the mandate had been ruled unconstitutional, the minority opinion shows that the conservative justices were ready to throw out the entire law. President Obama proposed the law and spent much of the first 15-months of his presidency drumming up support for health care reform. As expected, Brown and Warren differed in their responses to the decision. In a …