PROTECTING SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE
We cannot break the promise we have made to our seniors.
My mother is 95 years-old and lives in an assisted living facility. My parents worked hard for many years paying into Social Security and Medicare all along. Today, thanks to those payments, Medicare and Social Security provide her the income and benefits to live a good quality of life in her waning years. These are benefits she has earned, and we as a nation must protect those benefits.
Balancing our national budget must be done if we are to continue to be the global power we are today, and that means we as a nation will need to make difficult choices. But we must do this the right way, the smart way. Social Security and Medicare are important programs in the fabric of our society and must be protected and strengthened. And both programs have been successful. When Social Security was first introduced in the 1930's nearly 50% of seniors were living at or below the poverty line. Now, less than 10% of seniors live below the poverty line.
I reject the idea that these programs cannot remain strong for generations. There are intelligent ways to reduce the long-term costs of Social Security and Medicare that do not break our promise to our seniors today, and will still provide support for our future seniors tomorrow. I strongly oppose privatizing Social Security and the Congressional Republican budget that proposed ending Medicare as we know it. Clearly some Republicans in Washington do not understand the promise we have made and must keep.
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We cannot break the promise we have made to our seniors. I reject the idea that these programs cannot remain strong for generations. There are intelligent ways to reduce the long-term costs of Social Security and Medicare that do not break our promise… Read more