Medicare and Social Security represent cornerstone promises we have made to our seniors, and I will always fight to protect these critical programs. The fact is, before Congress considers
breaking its promise to our seniors in order to balance the budget, we need to have a serious discussion about ending the corporate welfare that Big Oil, insurance, and pharmaceutical companies have enjoyed for years. We should also allow Medicare to negotiate for better drug prices the way Medicaid and the Veterans' Administration already do. And we should go back to the tax rates we had in place before 2000 for those who can most afford it. My principles are simple--restore fairness, protect the middle class, and make sure everyone pays their share.
My family just lost my grandfather. We were fortunate that, in his later years, he was able to live in his own home, and we have Medicare and veterans' benefits to thank for that. If not for those crucial safety net programs, we would not have been able to care for him in the way he deserved. Now, my grandmother depends on Medicare and Social Security as well. For me, these issues are not merely a matter of policy--they are deeply personal.