Protecting Retirement Security
Social Security and Medicare are essential to the retirement security of Americans, and must be preserved and strengthened for future generations. I will oppose any and all attempts to privatize or weaken these essential programs.
I strongly oppose the Republican Ryan Budget, which would end Medicare as we know it and replace it with a privatized voucher program that could create terrible hardship for seniors on fixed incomes. The Ryan plan and similar schemes don’t fix our long-term fiscal problems. They just punt them to future generations and risk destroying the program’s effectiveness for seniors now and in the future. Whatever minor adjustments are made to modernize these programs so that they keep up with changing times should not alter their fundamental nature. After a lifetime of work, Medicare and Social Security are hard-earned rights that must never be taken away.