Medicare and Social Security

For generations, Medicare has been a solemn promise:  work hard, pay your taxes and we will make sure you get the health care you earned when you need it most.  We need to keep that promise.

Unfortunately, Rep. Bobby Schilling and others in Washington have embraced an extreme plan by Rep. Paul Ryan that would dismantle Medicare, divide our country and give seniors a voucher instead, leaving them to deal with insurance companies on their own.  Worse, it would raise costs on each senior by $6,000 a year.  The Wall Street Journal said the Ryan plan “would essentially end Medicare.”

To ensure Medicare’s long-term financial stability, we should implement common sense reforms to lower costs, like electronic medical records and better coordination of services.  We should also use Medicare’s negotiating power to get better prices, including for prescription drugs.  And we must do a better job of eliminating fraud and abuse to help lower costs and preserve Medicare for generations to come.

I also strongly oppose any attempt to privatize Social Security or cut benefits.  Social Security is a critically important element of retirement and I will fight to protect it.   


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