Spokesman Leon Bruzynski says the proposed cost-of-living increases won't keep pace with seniors' medical expenses.
Bruzynski: "If steak's too expensive, buy chicken. Or maybe cat food. This doesn't work with health care costs which consume a large amount of most retirees' income. Under the chained [cost-of-living adjustment], a senior would be expected to bypass the hip replacement and get a wheelchair."
The so-called "chained CPI" is part of a compromise between the president and House Republicans to help fix the federal budget. Bruzynski says Social Security was meant as a standalone program and should not be included in the budget debate.
The Alliance for Retired Americans delivered a petition to the offices of Ribble in Green Bay and Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wisc., in Eau Claire, asking them to reconsider their positions on the matter. Ribble's press secretary was not available for comment.