Social Security is a promise, and it’s a promise I will keep when I am elected to Congress.
When I think of the benefits of Social Security, I think of my parents and the commitment that we made to them. It is simply unfair to change the rules on people who have been paying into the program for decades just because Washington can’t balance its own budget.
As Social Security approaches its 78th year, it is important to remember why President Roosevelt created the program. It was a commitment to make sure that our friends and family members could live in dignity, stay in their own homes and maintain independent lives. Now is not the time to change the basic tenets of our commitment to our community by creating a privatization scheme that puts our retirement dollars into the hands of the same people who created the financial crisis just a few short years ago.
Medicare is one of the most successful programs in history, ensuring that seniors have access to quality healthcare. Like all areas of healthcare, we need to figure out how to slow the rate of growth, but we should do so responsibly, and without cutting benefits to seniors.
Republicans in Washington have taken a different approach, attempting to effectively end Medicare as we know it for future seniors. Their solution is to shift costs onto seniors instead of getting them under control. At the same time, they support large tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans. That is wrong, and I will not allow it as your congressman. I promise to protect Medicare and ensure that all seniors have access to quality care.