Today, surrounded by over 150 Southern Arizona seniors, Ron Barber received the endorsement of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM). Phillip Rotondi of NCPSSM was at the event to discuss the endorsement, and praised Barber's commitment to protecting Social Security and Medicare.
"I will be a strong voice to preserve, not privatize, Social Security and Medicare," Barber said. "Social Security and Medicare are programs into which seniors have paid their entire lives--they deserve to know that the benefits they've earned will be available to them. I am honored to be endorsed by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare today--and look forward to standing up for Southern Arizona's seniors once I am elected to Congress."
"Our nation needs Ron Barber's leadership, vision and determination to fight for working families and older Americans. Ron understands and supports the critical roles that Social Security and Medicare play in the retirement and health security of our nation's older citizens and their families," said Phillip Rotondi. "Most importantly, the people of Southern Arizona know they can trust his commitment to seniors."
Barber has made his pledge to protect Medicare and not privatize Social Security a cornerstone of his campaign:
On March 20, 2012, Barber announced his promise to protect Medicare in four specific ways: he will not support massive cuts in Medicare benefits, making Medicare a voluntary program, turning Medicare into a program that requires seniors to buy private insurance or forcing seniors to bear the burden of fixing the deficit.
On March 29, 2012, Barber called on Congress to vote "No" on the Republican budget plan that the non-partisan AARP has said will "jeopardize the health and economic security of older Americans.'
On April 15, 2012, Barber wrote on op-ed for the Green Valley News outlining his commitment to protect Medicare.