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Issue Position: Keeping Our Commitments

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Issue Position: Keeping Our Commitments

The Meuser Plan for Protecting and Stabilizing Senior Programs

The Federal Government has made commitments to America's seniors that are becoming increasingly harder to fulfill as fiscal irresponsibility runs rampant in Washington DC. We need leaders in Washington who will stand up for senior citizens and protect and stabilize the programs many seniors need.

As President of Pride Mobility Products, Dan Meuser has over 20 years experience manufacturing products that help improve the lives of senior citizens and the disabled. Dan has also assumed a leadership role in his industry's efforts to protect access for senior citizens to products which allow them to stay in their homes. Dan has worked hard to find solutions that protect seniors and are also in the interests of American taxpayers.

Dan Meuser has spent 20 years being an advocate for senior citizens and the disabled. As a Member of Congress, he'll take his passionate dedication to the quality of life for senior citizens to the halls of Congress.

The Meuser Plan for Protecting and Stabilizing Senior Programs

1. Guarantee Social Security Benefits. Congress ought to pass the Social Security Guarantee Act in order to guarantee Social Security for every American and lock in cost of living adjustments and benefit guarantees for anyone over the age of 50, many of whom are counting on this program as a cornerstone of their retirement plans. This will guarantee our commitment to those at or near retirement age.

2. Stop Raiding the Social Security Trust Fund. Right now, Social Security runs at a surplus, with 3 workers paying for every 1 retiree. The problem is that the Congress continually raids the Social Security Trust Fund to pay for general operating costs. We need to agree that the Social Security Trust Fund is for what it was intended- building up revenues to fund nothing but Social Security. By raiding the trust fund, we are jeopardizing everyone's benefits by spending money now that we cannot possibly pay back.

3. Use A Portion Of Future Surpluses to Repay Social Security. The Federal Government should take 25% of any future surplus and begin to pay the IOUs that are in the Social Security Trust Fund to build up the fund again while protecting Social Security's future.

4. Stabilize Medicare. All across the country, we have seen doctors who have dropped Medicare patients because the bureaucrats in Washington have been left with the responsibility of trying to set prices for medical services. In addition, we should work hard to protect the right of people to choose their own doctors. We need to work in a bi-partisan manner to reform our entitlement system so that senior citizens get the quality care they need at a reasonable rate that makes cense to the American taxpayer.

5. Work to Keep Seniors In Their Homes. A recent survey by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services showed that almost 90% of people over the age of 50 prefer to avoid nursing home care if possible. We need to make sure that seniors have access to at-home and community-based health care systems as well as products that make it easier to stay at home longer. In addition to saving taxpayer dollars, seniors who avoid nursing home care save tens of thousands of personal dollars and
improve their quality of life.


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