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UNITED STATES - AUGUST 4: Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., speaks to the Maryland/DC Alliance for Retired Americans about Medicare, Social Security and the recent debt ceiling compromise at the Council House, an assisted living building in Suitland, Md., on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011. The group set up balloons in the community room to celebrate the birthdays of Medicare and Social Security. (Photo By Bill Clark/Roll Call)

UNITED STATES - AUGUST 4: Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., speaks to the Maryland/DC Alliance for Retired Americans about Medicare, Social Security and the recent debt ceiling compromise at the Council House, an assisted living building in Suitland, Md., on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011. The group set up balloons in the community room to celebrate the birthdays of Medicare and Social Security. (Photo By Bill Clark/Roll Call)

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