Katherine Clark pledged on Sunday to keep our promises to seniors by refusing to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits.
During a roundtable with seniors in Arlington, Katherine outlined her commitment to maintaining Social Security and Medicare for seniors.
"Congress shouldn't be trying to balance the budget on the backs of our seniors," said Clark, who has made protecting Social Security and Medicare a key part of her Pledge to Women and Families. "I'll stand up for seniors and against attempts to cut Social Security and Medicare."
In Massachusetts, more than 1.1 million seniors depend on Medicare and more than 1.2 million rely on Social Security, with $11.7 billion in Medicare funds and $1.3 billion and Social Security funds coming into the Commonwealth. In Congress, Katherine will protect the modest benefits that the two programs provide to seniors, who paid into the system for decades and deserve to have access to their benefits without the threat of cuts.
"Social Security and Medicare form the backbone of our Great Society, and I won't let Washington politicians hurt our seniors by playing politics with their benefits," Clark said. "Having watched how my grandmother relied on these programs, the issue of ensuring the long term viability of Social Security and Medicare isn't hypothetical to me. The Fifth Congressional District needs a representative who will stand by our seniors."
A former insurance counselor for Mystic Valley Elder Services, Katherine believes that cutting Social Security benefits, raising the retirement age, or ending the guaranteed benefits through privatization is unacceptable. She supports lifting the cap on wages that are subject to Social Security payroll taxes, that could raise billions of dollars to improve the program, and working toward a fairer tax code so the very wealthy and large corporations pay their fair share.
Katherine strongly opposes the extremist Republican plan to end Medicare as we know it and increase health care costs for seniors by thousands of dollars a year. Katherine would also back efforts to combat rising health care costs, as she has in Massachusetts where Katherine successfully fought to expand access to health care while tackling costs.