— Medicare is 53 years old today. The Congress elected during this year’s midterm elections will likely determine what Medicare’s future is, including whether it will continue meeting the promise made to those who have paid into the system over the years. That’s why it is in the best interest of every American voter to find out whether their member of Congress will work to improve Medicare on behalf of beneficiaries or cut Medicare and pass the costs on to the …

— Some 12 to 13 million Texans should pay particular attention now that all major presidential candidates have come forward with their plans to keep Social Security strong and solvent for current and future generations. That’s approximately the number of Texans who are now paying Social Security taxes — both salary and wage earners as well as the self-employed. The July issue of AARP Bulletin will feature the candidates’ responses. But laying out a plan and making sure it works as …

— As Texans begin casting votes for the presidential election, it’s important to separate campaign rhetoric from the serious issues that impact our lives in the most profound ways. One of these issues—largely ignored in the presidential debates so far—is how, if elected, the candidates plan to keep Social Security financially strong and viable for future generations. The stakes are high. Absent any action, in less than 20 years, Social Security recipients will face a 25 percent cut in benefits. For …