"The Congress of California Seniors takes stands on issues of importance to midlife and older persons and their families. The Congress of California Seniors focuses its primary attention on legislative and consumer issues that impact older adults. The CCS education and advocacy program has proved to be an effective tool in influencing public policy decisions made by the state legislature and other state officials. CCS analyzes and rates all state legislators on their voting record related to key senior issues and publishes the "Friends and Foes of Seniors Legislative Report Card." CCS supports ensuring the solvency of the Social Security system for seniors, disabled persons and widowed spouses and children, and does not support any type of privatization of Social Security. CCS is a strong supporter of keeping Medicare intact and strengthening and fully funding the system so that it will serve as it was originally intended - to provide medical care for seniors and those with disabilities. CCS is a strong supporter of a universal, single-payer health care system (similar to Medicare) that would include everyone - not just seniors. CCS supports continuation and increased support for the Older Americans Act (Meals on Wheels, senior transportation services, block grants to neighborhoods) and other senior programs such as housing, gatekeepers, etc. CCS supports the inclusion of long-term care in Medicare and in proposals for health care reform; and supports proposals for nursing-home and other aging and long-term care reforms. CCS supports the rights of consumers to be informed and to have recourse when wronged. CCS works to keep seniors and others abreast of legislative proposals and legislators' voting records. CCS takes stands and educates seniors on many issues."