I support the expansion of Social Security, social programs, and Medicare to benefit older adults, disabled workers, and their families.

  • The Social Security Act, signed into law in 1935, was to ensure that hardworking citizens could provide for their basic needs, continue to be self-sufficient, and live a life of dignity after they retire. 1 Today, 61% of older adults rely on Social Security for half or more of their income, and for some it may be their only means of income.
    • >60 million older adults, disabled workers, and their families rely on Social Security to make ends meet.
    • 22 million people rely on Social Security to stay out of poverty each year.
  • Despite Social Security’s success, the current program needs to be updated and expanded to account for cost of living increases and new issues relevant to today’s society. The Social Security 2100 Act does just this by proposing the following: 2
    • Increases benefits to low wage workers; proposes a 2% benefits increase; provides more fair and accurate annual cost of living increases; tax-free social security benefits for income <$50K; extends the Social Security Trust Fund through this century; correct pay inequality - currently individuals with incomes <$127K pay tax on 100% of income while those over the threshold pay tax on only a portion of their income.
  • Improving Social Security is one good step forward, but additional improvements must also be made to help with growing expenses confronting older adults related to housing, housing costs, and healthcare.
    • A few examples of social programs that help support older adults and disabled workers, some of whom may be homebound, and must be strengthened and expanded are: Meals on Wheels, home heating assistance, and utility adjustment.
  • Healthcare needs to be improved, particularly for older adults, and one proposed way to accomplish this is through the Medicare for All Act 3, which expands Medicare to all Americans. In addition to regular care, it will also provide coverage for services seniors need most, such as prescription drugs, and long term and emergency care.
    • To help ease the financial burden of the rising cost of prescription drugs and allow people to acquire the medicines they need, Medicare should be given the authority to negotiate on the patient’s behalf with pharmaceutical companies.
    • In situations where Medicare/Medicaid coverage is unavailable, eligibility criteria for dependent status on a child’s (or primary caregiver’s) health insurance policy needs to be widened.

    • As your Congressman, I will support legislation, such as the Medicare for All Act and the Social Security 2100 Act, as well as the expansion of social programs, so that older Americans can maintain financial security while also meeting their home and health needs.
  1. http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/economy-budget/328516-social-security-2100-act-a-commonsense-approach-to-achieve#.WPDIE773V9E.facebook
  2. http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/economy-budget/328516-social-security-2100-act-a-commonsense-approach-to-achieve#.WPDIE773V9E.facebook
  3. https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/676
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  2. http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/economy-budget/328516-social-security-2100-act-a-commonsense-approach-to-achieve#.WPDIE773V9E.facebook
  3. https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/676
  4. http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/economy-budget/328516-social-security-2100-act-a-commonsense-approach-to-achieve#.WPDIE773V9E.facebook
  5. http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/economy-budget/328516-social-security-2100-act-a-commonsense-approach-to-achieve#.WPDIE773V9E.facebook
  6. https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/676