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Michigan United States House Of Representatives, District 10

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Michigan United States House Of Representatives, District 10

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Social Security

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Question
Will you support or oppose a balanced Social Security plan to continue the program's guaranteed benefits for future generations? Will you support or oppose using Social Security taxes to fund private accounts?

Candidate Response: Candice Miller, Republican

Social Security is a sacred trust between the federal government and our senior citizens and is one of the greatest federal programs ever enacted. It has helped millions of seniors escape poverty and live more secure in their golden years. We in Congress have a duty to protect Social Security and ensure that it remains viable for current retirees, those nearing retirement and for future generations. I fully support and pledge to work in a bi-partisan fashion to meet the future challenges of Social Security and will not support a plan to divert payroll taxes into private accounts. By working together we can ensure that Social Security continues to be there for those who worked so hard to make our country great.

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Health Care Reform

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Question
Will you support or oppose a shared approach involving government, employers and individuals, to providing health care coverage for everyone?

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Candidate Response: Candice Miller, Republican

The rising cost of health care is hurting both families and businesses that provide coverage. We must do more to lower the cost and expand the availability of quality health care for every American. One thing that would help reduce cost and expand coverage is passing association health plans that would allow small businesses to band together and pool risk. We also need to look at innovative ideas like the one recently enacted by Governor Mitt Romney in Massachusetts. This partnership between government, business and individuals will hopefully go a long way to ensuring that everyone has access to quality health care. Only by working together and thinking in innovative ways can we expand health care to include every American.
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Medicare

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Question
Will you support or oppose allowing Medicare to use its bargaining power to negotiate lower prices for needed prescription drugs? Will you support or oppose imposing an annual limit on federal Medicare spending?

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Candidate Response: Candice Miller, Republican

I agree that Medicare Part D has been a great step forward for our seniors on Medicare to get the drugs they need to allow them to lead a healthy and fulfilling life, but more needs to be done. We should allow the federal government to negotiate prices of prescription drugs under Medicare as they do for the Veterans Administration, it is only common sense. While we must keep a tight reign on federal spending, arbitrary spending limits do not take need into account and should not be enacted. We must look across the myriad of reasons as to why drug costs keep rising and address those problems including re-importation of drugs and looking at other international trade issue that harm American prescription drug consumers.

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Long-Term Care

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Question
Will you support or oppose a combined approach that involves government and individuals covering long-term care? Will you support or oppose requiring individuals to buy private long-term care insurance?

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Candidate Response: Candice Miller, Republican

The problems of long term care are issues that face nearly every family in America. It is difficult to watch a life time of saving be eaten away by years or months of needed care. A combined approach of providing above the line tax credits for individuals or families to purchase long term care insurance is a place to start the conversation. What we should not do is force our seniors into destitution just so they can maintain some quality of life. I believe the government should not force families into a certain course of action, but instead should work together with families to find solutions for this challenge but being mindful of the spending challenges our nation faces.

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Retirement Security

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Question
Do you support or oppose requiring employers to give workers access to automatic payroll deductions to fund their personal IRAs?

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Candidate Response: Candice Miller, Republican

Social Security is a great program but will not be enough to provide for a secure retirement for most seniors. Other supplemental savings is needed and should be in every family's retirement plan. With access to IRAs and 401(k) plans becoming more easy and common place it makes sense to encourage, or perhaps require, employers to offer access through voluntary payroll deduction, but government must be mindful of the burden this may place on some small businesses and provide an incentive for them to comply. Educating workers and businesses to the benefits of retirement planning is essential to ensure that our seniors enjoy their golden years in financial security.

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