After a lifetime of paying into Social Security and Medicare, America's seniors should be able to count on these programs to provide a stable and secure retirement. It is a sacred pact with seniors that we must protect.
Social Security just celebrated its 75th birthday and has provided retirement security to countless people. I will strongly oppose any plan to privatize Social Security or reduce benefits and will work to protect the program for today's seniors and the coming generation of beneficiaries. I have worked hard to help seniors navigate the Social Security Administration bureaucracy and get the benefits to which they're entitled.
I'm also committed to preserving and strengthening Medicare. Although there has been a lot of misinformation circulating about what health reform means for seniors, the new law preserves and improves Medicare benefits. For instance, the law closes the "donut hole' that forces seniors to shoulder heavy costs for prescription drugs and eliminates copays for many services. The law cracks down on fraud and abuse in Medicare and makes sure that Medicare resources are used to provide good care to patients, not pad insurance company profits. I'll keep working to make sure that Medicare benefits are fully protected for every American.