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The National Retiree Legislative Network (NRLN) works to enact federal legislation to protect employer-sponsored pensions, health care benefits and keep Social Security and Medicare strong.

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PRESIDENT'S
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Meeting with Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee

Six months of persistence by NRLN Congressional District Leader Don Begley resulted in an August 26 meeting in with the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Kevin Brady.

I drove from my home in Heath, Texas (Dallas area) to Conroe, Texas (Houston area) to join Don and 31 other constituents in Texas’ 8th Congressional District for the meeting with Chairman Brady.

Don was invited to participate in the NRLN’s meeting on Capitol Hill during the NRLN Annual Leadership Conference in February. At that time Don met with one of Chairman Brady’s Washington, D.C. staff members to discuss the protection of pensions and the need to reduce the cost of prescription drugs. After returning home to Conroe, Don began a series of regular telephone calls to Chairman Brady’s offices in Conroe and Washington, requesting a meeting with his Representative when he was back in his home district.

With Congress on its annual August recess, Don was finally able to gain a commitment for a meeting with his Congressman who heads one of the most powerful committees in our federal government. Don then recruited 32 individuals (including myself) to attend the meeting. Half of the group was NRLN grassroots advocates and the other have included Don’s wife, Kimberly, and friends and neighbors.

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Chairman Brady opened the one-hour meeting at the Conroe Central Library talking about his blueprint for reforming the U.S. Tax Code. Don commented that he had talked with seven retirees about the proposed tax changes and they said their taxes would increase anywhere from 16 percent to five times the current rate.

In my initial review of the Chairman’s tax reform proposal it looks like married couples would gain $11,400 in the standard deduction, but so much would depend upon the schedule of new tax rates (brackets). A definite downside is that while the proposal retains the mortgage interest deduction, it would eliminate real estate tax deductions. The NRLN will do an in depth review of the tax reform proposal to determine how it might further impact retirees and determine a position.

George Engelhart, a member of the Lucent Retirees Organization, held up a receipt from his pharmacy and told Chairman Brady that it showed his wife’s cancer medicine cost $300 per pill. This opened a give and take with the Chairman on prescription drug price gouging.

I said in some detail that the Republican proposals to lower health care costs were inconsistent with their unwillingness to act on drug importation and Medicare competitive bidding on prescription drugs. I indicated that as Ways and Means Chairman, Congressman Brady needed to consider the impact that high drug costs have on Americans’ disposable income, sales of goods and services and thus creation of jobs and federal tax revenue.

Another point I made is that Congress is ignoring the fact that lower prices exacted from U.S. drug makers by countries practicing socialized medicine is transferring our economic growth and GDP to these countries. When France can exact a price of $7 for a pill, the UK $10 and Canada $20, drug companies are cross subsidizing on the backs of Americans, particularly retirees, and our economy when they ask us to pay $30 for the identical drug in order to offset foreign sales losses.

I said that Congress must take action to start as soon as possible importation from Canada and Medicare competitive bidding on prescription drugs. If U.S. drug companies can’t compete on price they must exit these foreign markets. What conservatives don’t realize is that not recognizing this and not taking action directly supports socialized medicine. Americans are effectively being asked to subsidize socialized programs in Europe and elsewhere.

Our position on Medicare competitive bidding is that we don’t support price setting unless necessary to correct greed associated with very expensive drugs used to treat chronic and life threatening diseases. Otherwise, whenever two or more prescription drugs can treat the same health problem Health and Human Service should be mandated to require competitive bidding. We will be carrying this message to Capitol Hill during the NRLN’s annual fall Fly-In. (Click here for NRLN position.)

During the dialogue on the cost of prescription drugs, Chairman Brady said that the HHS Secretary could “wave a wand” and allow the importation of prescription drugs. In a meeting that Alyson Parker, NRLN Executive Director, and I had with the HHS Deputy Director for Medicare C and D (prescription drugs) and her staff on August 30, we briefly discussed the HHS Secretary’s approving individuals importing Canadian drugs legally. We intend to continue to support legislation for the importation of safe, lower cost prescription drugs and alternatively will be asking other advocate organizations to join us in asking the HHS Secretary to approve importation.

I was pleased to witness the way the retirees engaged Chairman Brady on issues important to retirees. My thanks goes to Don for his persistence to get the meeting schedule. His efforts show how a single individual who is determined can gain a meeting with a member of Congress and help constituents bring retirement issues to their attention. I hope other grassroots advocates will follow Don’s example.

Bill Kadereit, President
National Retiree Legislative Network



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NRLN Provides New “Report Card” Feature on Members of Congress

NRLN has introduced a “report card” for each state that shows whether the U.S. Representatives and Senators have supported bills in Congress advocated by the NRLN. Read all about it here.


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NRLN Action Alert – Fiduciary Rule Is Good for Retirees and Workers

The NRLN believes the Department of Labor’s announced fiduciary rule is a good idea because it would require retirement investment advisers to meet a fiduciary standard to put their clients’ best interest before their own profits. Email the NRLN’s sample letters to your Representative and Senators to tell them that you believe the fiduciary rule is in the best interest of retirees and workers and efforts to eliminate it should cease.


NRLN 2016 Survey Results

Between May 2 and June 5, 2016, there were 6,737 NRLN grassroots advocates who participated in all or parts of the 2016 NRLN Future Directions Survey. The data in the survey will help the NRLN and its retiree associations and chapters gain a better understanding of what is important to retirees and future retirees plus indicating whether the right priorities are set. The responses to questions where personal comments were given or personal contact information was provided are not included. Click here to view survey results.


Pain around the Corner – Pensions

(May 5, 2016) When the NRLN issues an Action Alert we can tell from statistics produced in our database that some do not open the email and a number of those who do don’t follow up and send a letter to their members of Congress. It is regrettable that some individuals are insulated and unconcerned about the need to advocate legislation for important retirement issues. This message, Pain around the Corner – Pensions, is the first in a series of emails from me to address the need to protect pensions, Social Security, Medicare, and reduce the cost of health care, particularly the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs.

Only legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by the President can address the need to protect pensions. Legislation is needed to force pension plan sponsors to obtain federal agency approval before merging a well-funded pension plan with one or more lower-funded plans to avoid having to contribute money to shore up the lower funded plans. Read more...


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Group asks judge to block Obama's financial adviser rule
By Lydia Wheeler; The Hill ~ Aug 25, 2016

Healthcare.gov scales back a major web site update
By Mark Brohan; Internet Health Management ~ Aug 24, 2016

Obamacare Subsidies Preserve Access as Premiums Climb, U.S. Says
By Zachary Tracer; Bloomberg ~ Aug 24, 2016

As The For-Profit World Moves Into An Elder Care Program, Some Worry
By Sarah Varney; Kaiser Health News ~ Aug 24, 2016

Choices dwindling for Obamacare customers
By Tami Luhby; CNNMoney ~ Aug 23, 2016

Another Health Insurer Pulls Out Of Obamacare
By Juliegrace Brufke; The Daily Caller ~ Aug 23, 2016

If you live in the US, you pay too much for prescription drugs
By Rachel Becker; The Verge ~ Aug 23, 2016

Opinion: Health Care Is a Business, Not a Right
By Megan McArdle; Bloomberg ~ Aug 23, 2016

Social Security rolls back security measures on website
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New estimates: Deficit increase after years of declines
By Andrew Taylor; The Associated Press ~ Aug 23, 2016

6 Reasons Why Obama is Wrong About Obamacare
By Shawn Tully ; Fortune ~ Aug 22, 2016

An "October Surprise" for Obamacare?
From Sally Pipes; Forbes ~ Aug 22, 2016

Doctors Want Face Time With Patients, Not Screen Time With CMS
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America’s worsening retirement problem
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Blue Cross Plans May Be Obamacare's Fire Wall
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Aug 21, 2016

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Opinion: The Great American Retirement Crisis
By Zach Scheidt; The Daily Reckoning ~ Aug 17, 2016

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Think Your Obamacare Plan Will Be Like Employer Coverage? Think Again
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By Ed Cara; Newsweek ~ Aug 20, 2016

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Standard-Times ~ Aug 20, 2016

Social Security's Long-Term Cash Shortfall Has Doubled Since 2010 and Now Stands at $32 Trillion
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Medicare should cover costs for marrow donor/cord blood transplants like solid organs
By Jeffrey W. Chell, M.D. ; The Hill ~ Aug 19, 2016

U.S. Officials Move to End Duplicate Health Care Coverage
By Robert Pear; The New York Times ~ Aug 19, 2016

Obamacare's Public Option Is No Longer Defensible
By Megan McArdle; Bloomberg ~ Aug 19, 2016

Advisors Guide Clients Through The Complexities Of Social Security
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Costly financial fees you may not know you're paying
By Dayana Yochim; The Associated Press ~ Aug 19, 2016

Where Clinton and Trump Stand on Retirement Security
By Richard Eisenberg; Next Avenue ~ Aug 19, 2016

Hillary Clinton calls out drug maker Gilead over price of hepatitis C pills
By Eric DuVall, UPI - Aug. 18, 2016

Administration moves to address insurer complaint on ObamaCare
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Doctor Prescribing Linked to Industry Gifts
By Kimberly Leonard; US News & World Report ~ Aug 18, 2016

Health providers may be steering people to Obamacare to get higher reimbursement
By Dan Mangan; CNBC ~ Aug 18, 2016

New study finds homebound, elderly patients missing out on in-home care
By Jane Kelly; Medical Xpress ~ Aug 18, 2016

Column: Social Security texting snafu underscores customer service woes
By Mark Miller; Reuters ~ Aug 18, 2016

Longevity And Your Retirement
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The Legal Conflict at the Heart of U.S. Retirement Plans
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Medical Providers Try Uber, Lyft For Patients With Few Transportation Options
By Zhai Yun Tan ; Kaiser Health News ~ Aug 17, 2016

New cholesterol drugs good for patients, may drive up costs
By Stephen Feller; United Press International ~ Aug 17, 2016

People With Obamacare Plans Filled More Prescriptions, But Had Lower Costs
By Shefali Luthra; Kaiser Health News ~ Aug 17, 2016

Obamacare Is a Money-Loser for Insurers, Who Are Giving Up
By Zachary Tracer; Bloomberg ~ Aug 17, 2016

Are Virtual Care Clinics the Wave of the Future?
By Beth Howard; US News & World Report ~ Aug 17, 2016

Ten years after retirement security law, it’s time to act again
By Former Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) &James B. Lockhart III; The Hill ~ Aug 17, 2016

Seniors say ‘no’ to government involvement in healthcare decisions
Marlin Business Finance Resource Center ~ Aug 16, 2016

Reimbursement persists as obstacle to telehealth adoption
By Susan D. Hall; FierceHealthcare ~ Aug 16, 2016

Fed Survey: Obamacare Causing Companies to Cut Jobs
By Vipal Monga; The Wall Street Journal ~ Aug 16, 2016

Obamacare Architect: Aetna Pulling Out of Exchanges Is Politically Motivated
By David Rutz: The Washington Free Beacon ~ Aug 16, 2016

Insurers continue to abandon ACA exchanges, limiting choice
By Tom Murphy; The Associated Press ~ Aug 16, 2016

Rising Health Care Costs Can Eat Up Your Retirement Savings
By Janna Herron; The Fiscal Times ~ Aug 16, 2016

Beginning of the End: The ‘Un’Affordable Care Act Continues to Unravel
By Twila Brase; Cybercast News Service ~ Aug 15, 2016

Customers’ Laser-Like Focus On Plan Prices Is Causing Concerns In Health Insurance Market
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Aug 15, 2016

Obama administration races to make Medicare changes as healthcare industry objects
By Elizabeth Leis Newman; McKnight’s ~ Aug 15, 2016

Seniors won't need to text to access Social Security accounts
By “U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging”; KSPR ~ Aug 15, 2016

A Bumpy Economic Ride
By Mortimer B. Zuckerman; US News & World Report ~ Aug 15, 2016

8 crucial (mostly disappointing) findings on our financial health
By Sean Williams, The Motley Fool; USA TODAY ~ Aug 15, 2016

Cost, Not Choice, Is Top Concern of Health Insurance Customers
By Reed Abelson; The New York Times ~ Aug 12, 2016

Four Freedoms That Will Define The Future Of Aging
From Jo Ann Jenkins, Next Avenue; Forbes ~ Aug 14, 2016

The 'Big Lie' Behind the Rosy Unemployment Rate
By David Sirota; Newsweek ~ Aug 14, 2016

Taxpayers on the Hook as Obamacare Exchanges Near the Edge of Collapse
By Phil Kerpen; Cybercast News Service ~ Aug 12, 2016

A secretive board controls access to prescription drugs for millions of Americans
By Samantha Liss; St. Louis Post-Dispatch ~ Aug 13, 2016

You won't believe what Medicare won't pay for
By Brian Feroldi, TMF; USA TODAY ~ Aug 13, 2016

Why Some Life Insurance Premiums Are Skyrocketing
By Julie Creswell & Mary Williams Walsh; The New York Times ~ Aug 13, 2016

What Trump and Clinton didn't say in their economic speeches
By Christopher S. Rugaber; The Associated Press ~ Aug 13, 2016

Where Trump and Clinton Stand on Health Care and Medicare
By Emily Gurnon; Next Avenue ~ Aug 12, 2016

Social Security: Where Clinton and Trump Stand
A head-to-head look at their plans for the retirement program

By Richard Eisenberg; Next Avenue ~ Aug 08, 2016

A dangerous experiment
By Rep. Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-Ga.) ; The Hill ~ Aug 12, 2016

Medicare changes fiercely resisted
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Aug 12, 2016

Medicaid estimate renews cost concerns over 'Obamacare'
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Aug 12, 2016

Tepid retail sales lower expectations for US economic growth
By Christopher S. Rugaber; The Associated Press ~ Aug 12, 2016

GOP, Dems not eye to eye on retirement, tax issues
By Hazel Bradford; Pensions & Investments ~ Aug 12, 2016

5 Retirement Mistakes To Avoid For Pre-Retirees And Retirees
From Bart Astor; Forbes ~ Aug 12, 2016

Where To Find Retirement Income That Rises With Inflation
From Kerry Hannon; Forbes ~ Aug 11, 2016

Should Big Insurance Become Like Walmart To Lower Health Costs?
By Jay Hancock; Kaiser Health News ~ Aug 11, 2016

Next president faces possible ObamaCare meltdown
By Sarah Ferris; The Hill ~ Aug 11, 2016

Feds: Early ObamaCare data 'encouraging'
By Sarah Ferris; The Hill ~ Aug 11, 2016

Obama Administration Counters Insurer View on Healthcare Law’s Costs
By Louise Radnofsky; The Wall Street Journal ~ Aug 11, 2016

AT&T Brings DirecTV Services to More Than 24,000 Healthcare Facilities
From News Wire Feed; Light Reading ~ Aug 11, 2016

Column: It's time for the government to play hardball with those whining Obamacare insurers obama
By Michael Hiltzik; Los Angeles Times ~ Aug 09, 2016

Government Loaned Billions To Start ObamaCare Co-ops With No Plan To Repay
By Thomas Phippen; The Daily Caller ~ Aug 10, 2016

The big ObamaCare bubble
By Bryan Rotella; The Hill ~ Aug 09, 2016

I Received Those IRS Lawsuit Calls, Too: Scammers Don't Discriminate
By Kelly Phillips Erb; Forbes ~ Aug 10, 2016

Medicare spending climbs as physicians provide more tests in their offices
By Ayla Ellison; Becker’s Hospital CFO ~ Aug 10, 2016

How to live a longer and happier retirement
By Walter Updegrave; CNNMoney ~ Aug 10, 2016

Future of drug pricing: paying for benefits not per pill
By Ben Hirschler, MDS; Reuters ~ Aug 09, 2016

Beyond 'Obamacare': State initiatives refocus health debate
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Aug 09, 2016

Healthcare costs to continue rising for large U.S. employers
By Ruojing Liu, MDS ; United Press International ~ Aug 09, 2016

Obamacare's Advocates Mostly Agree On The Facts But Suggest More Corporate Welfare To Prop Up Law
From Seth Chandler; Forbes ~ Aug 09, 2016

Elderly Hospital Patients Arrive Sick, Often Leave Disabled
By Anna Gorman; Kaiser Health News ~ Aug 09, 2016

Most sick, aging Americans live far from in-home care
By Karen Pallarito, Healthday; Medical Xpress ~ Aug 09, 2016

Retirement Spending Increases And Decreases Over Time
From Wade Pfau; Forbes ~ Aug 09, 2016

Conservative group launches ads against Obama Medicare 'experiment'
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Aug 08, 2016

Social Security's looming $32 trillion shortfall
By Tom Anderson; CNBC ~ Aug 08, 2016

Dust Off Your Estate Plan: 10 Common Pitfalls To Avoid
From FidelityVoice; Forbes ~ Aug 08, 2016

Avaya Reportedly Considers Selling Contact Center Unit
By Jeffrey Burt; eWeek ~ Aug 08, 2016

AT&T to pay $7.75 mln for allowing sham directory-assistance calls
By David Shepardson; Reuters ~ Aug 08, 2016

Health Insurers Are Now Playing Hardball With Regulators Over Obamacare
By Sean Williams; The Motley Fool ~ Aug 07, 2016

It's Time for Your Summer Financial Checkup
From Larry Light; Forbes ~ Aug 07, 2016

Commentary: Mandates hurting patients and doctors
By Arvind Cavale; The Philadelphia Inquirer ~ Aug 06, 2016

Health insurance for the young: A hard sell
By Lynn Arditi; Providence Journal ~ Aug 06, 2016

Seniors are getting locked out of Social Security ... because they don't text
By Katie Lobosco; CNNMoney ~ Aug 05, 2016

A New Medicare Charge Is Coming: Here’s How to Lessen the Blow
By Laura Saunders; The Wall Street Journal ~ Aug 05, 2016

ObamaCare Death Spiral Update
By Holman W. Jenkins, Jr. ; The Wall Street Journal ~ Aug 05, 2016

Right To Shop: The Next Big Thing In Health Care
By Josh Archambault & Nic Horton; Forbes ~ Aug 05, 2016

How lawyers scare people out of taking their meds
By Lisa A. Rickard ; The Washington Post ~ Aug 05, 2016

Lack of Pharmacy Access May Send Some Seniors Back to Hospital
By Robert Preidt; US News & World Report ~ Aug 04, 2016

PBGC has options to improve multiemployer funding — CBO report
By Hazel Bradford; Pensions & Investments ~ Aug 04, 2016

3 ways to more than double your retirement savings
By Henry K. Hebeler; MarketWatch ~ Aug 04, 2016

What If Retirees Don't Want To Run Out Of Money In 30 Years?
From Wade Pfau; Forbes ~ Aug 04, 2016

Humana To Abandon Obamacare Patients In 1,200 U.S. Counties
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Aug 03, 2016

Retirement Savings Actually Fell Over the Past Year
By Lucinda Shen; Fortune ~ Aug 03, 2016

U.S. corporate pension funding inches up in July; still far off 2015 figures — 2 reports
By Meaghan Kilroy; Pensions & Investments ~ Aug 03, 2016

7 things you should know about cash
By Paul A. Merriman; MarketWatch ~ Aug 03, 2016

New insurance policy: Abandon ACA exchanges to avoid losses
By Tom Murphy; The Associated Press ~ Aug 02, 2016

Health co-ops sue Obama administration
By Paige Winfield Cunningham; Washington Examiner ~ Aug 02, 2016

CMS picks markets for primary care reforms
By Lauren Clason; The Hill ~ Aug 01, 2016

Timing Of Co-Op Failures Creates Extra Layer Of Problems To Already-Bedeviled System
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Aug 01, 2016

AT&T's Top Union Getting More Confrontational
By Aaron Pressman; Fortune ~ Aug 01, 2016

Turn Your Retirement Dreams Into Reality
By Chris Hogan ; GOBankingRates ~ Aug 01, 2016

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