Social Security and Medicare have been highly successful. We must control their costs to maintain the promise of a secure retirement now and for future generations. Unfortunately, many of my Republican colleagues believe the solution is to shift health care costs to seniors who can't afford it and privatize Social Security, while still giving more tax cuts to the wealthiest individuals and special interests. In recent visits to senior centers and retirement facilities, I have emphasized a clear alternative. I would end the policy that allows wealthier individuals to avoid paying into Social Security on income above a certain level and make Medicare more efficient by following the Affordable Care Act's approach, which reduces future costs by more than $700 billion. (Claims that these savings would "gut" Medicare are false.) By prioritizing retirement security, we can make these programs work for everyone.