For generations, Medicare and Social Security have been our nation’s solemn promises to our seniors: work hard, play by the rules, and we will make sure you get the health care and retirement security you earned when you need it most.

I am dedicated to ensuring Medicare’s long-term stability and believe we should implement common sense reforms to lower costs, like implementing electronic medical records and better coordination of services.  We should also use Medicare’s negotiating power to get lower prices, including for prescription drugs.  Finally, we must do a better job of eliminating waste, fraud and abuse, which will help preserve and protect 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 for so many Illinoisans and I will fight hard to protect  and expand it. That’s why I have long opposed the use of chained CPI for Social Security benefits, believing that there are more reasonable ways to reduce the deficit that do not reduce Social Security benefits or balance the budget on the backs of our most vulnerable Americans.

I believe having a strong middle class means we must continue to support programs like Medicare and Social Security and make sure their benefits remain available to all who are eligible.