FILE - In this May 12, 2009 file photo, Social Security Administration Commissioner Michael Astrue speaks at a news conference at the Treasury Department in Washington. Despite Social S

 

              FILE - In this May 12, 2009 file photo, Social Security Administration Commissioner Michael Astrue speaks at a news conference at the Treasury Department in Washington. Despite Social S
FILE - In this May 12, 2009 file photo, Social Security Administration Commissioner Michael Astrue speaks at a news conference at the Treasury Department in Washington. Despite Social Security’s long-term problems, the massive retirement and disability program could be preserved for generations to come with modest but politically difficult changes to benefits, taxes or a combination of both. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)