Preserving Social Security and Medicare More Important Than Ever. Democratic Perspective co-hosts Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino welcome Max Richtman back to the show. Richtman is 16-year veteran of capitol hill who is currently President and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. He begins by reminding listeners that Social Security is not an entitlement. “It is an earned benefit,” Richtman says. “People are buying insurance with every deduction from their paychecks. It is something we have earned.” He also points out that the program has 80-85 percent support from people of all political persuasions and that it’s more important than ever. “FDR used to say Social Security is part of a three-legged stool. The other two were savings and pensions. But those have largely disappeared in the last few decades. So the leg of Social Security needs to be strengthened as much as possible.”
Richtman goes on to explain how Social Security and Medicare can be strengthened for the future.