Arlington, VA – The following is a statement from James Firman, NCOA President and CEO, on passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:
“Since 1950, the National Council on Aging has advocated for public policies that support every American’s right to age with dignity, security, and independence. The tax bill enacted today does little to support this aim, instead threatening the very foundation that citizens rely on as they grow older.
“In passing a bill that adds over $1 trillion to the federal deficit, Congress has made it clear that it is on a path to undermine foundational health and economic security programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act. With the nation’s population of older adults growing, this is a fiscally irresponsible approach for today’s American families—and future generations.
“NCOA will continue to be a fierce advocate for protecting and strengthening these critical programs that improve the lives of millions of older Americans every day.”
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a trusted national leader working to ensure that every person can age well. Since 1950, our mission has not changed: Improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are struggling. NCOA empowers people with the best solutions to improve their own health and economic security—and we strengthen government programs that we all depend on as we age. Every year, millions of people use our signature programs BenefitsCheckUp®, My Medicare Matters®, and the Aging Mastery Program® to age well. By offering online tools and collaborating with a nationwide network of partners, NCOA is working to improve the lives of 10 million older adults by 2020. Learn more at ncoa.org and @NCOAging.