The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
(NCPSSM) is a
United States advocacy group whose goal is to protect
Social Security and Medicare. NCPSSM works to preserve entitlement
programs through direct mail campaigns, candidate endorsements,
incumbent ratings, grassroots activity, issue advertising, and
NCPSSM promotes tax increases as a way to address what it describes as
modest long-term issues with Social Security's solvency. The
organization opposes Social Security privatization and supports
prescription drug benefits in Medicare. Through its political
action committee, the organization donates money to support Democratic
candidates and to oppose Republican candidates.
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NCPSSM was founded in 1982 by former Congressman James Roosevelt, the
eldest son of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It is currently led by
Max Richtman, former staff director of the Senate
Committee. The organization began as a direct mail organization
which urged recipients to contact public officials and become
dues-paying members. The NCPSSM eventually developed a professional
research and lobbying capacity.
The majority of the organization's budget goes to direct mail
campaigns. Most of the organization's income is raised through $12
annual membership fees paid by direct mail recipients, the majority of
whom are senior citizens.
NCPSSM supported passage of the Affordable Care Act. The
organization opposed the passage of the Medicare Modernization Act of
2003 and the Republican Party's efforts to reform Social Security in
Through its political action committee (PAC), NCPSSM supports
incumbents and challengers who it believes have demonstrated a strong
commitment to preserving the current Social Security and Medicare
systems. Voting records, campaign questionnaires and candidate
interviews are considered when determining PAC support. NCPSSM has the
wealthiest political action committee of all old-age organizations.
NCPSSM is a member of the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations, a
coalition of American non-profit organizations interested in senior
The NCPSSM supports lifting the Social Security payroll tax cap. The
organization does not believe that there is a Social Security
The group's first fundraising appeal promised to send a printout of an
individual's Social Security records in exchange for a $10
contribution. This solicitation tactic was met with criticism as the
Social Security Administration provides such information for free. The
organization halted this appeal.
In 1987, Social Security Commissioner
Dorcas Hardy accused NCPSSM of
using scare tactics to get money from elderly people afraid of losing
their benefits. Later that same year, the group came under
investigation by members of Congress who accused the organization of
frightening the elderly about the safety of their Social Security
benefits. A hearing was scheduled to address "misleading and deceptive
mailings to Social Security beneficiaries."
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