Today, in a celebration with senior citizens commemorating the 75th anniversary of Social Security, Dr. Ami Bera signed a pledge promising not to privatize the Social Security program, and called on Dan Lungren to do the same. After signing the pledge, Dr. Bera presented the seniors with a large cake to celebrate the program's birthday.
"After celebrating the 75th birthday of Social Security with the great residents of Eskaton Senior Village, I've signed a pledge to fight against any efforts by Washington D.C. to privatize Social Security," said Dr. Bera. "I challenge Congressman Dan Lungren to make that same pledge."
Dan Lungren has repeatedly advocated for privatization. During his 2004 campaign, Lungren told the Sacramento Bee that he favored "allowing private investment of Social Security contributions" (Sacramento Bee, 10/17/04). And, in 2005, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Lungren supported President Bush's plan to add private accounts to Social Security (San Francisco Chronicle, 3/04/2005). As recently as this week, Lungren praised Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan to privatize Social Security.
"I believe strongly in protecting the future of this vital program and ensuring its long-term sustainability," said Dr. Bera. "My opponent has advocated for privatizing Social Security and gambling with seniors' benefits in the stock market -- an idea that would have resulted in an economic catastrophe for millions of Americans. When I'm elected, I'll do everything in my power to protect Social Security today, and for the next generation of American workers."
A doctor and former Associate Dean of Admissions at UC Davis, Bera has gained tremendous support for his grassroots campaign. Nationally acknowledged as one of the top challenger races in the country, Dr. Bera has achieved enormous fundraising success, secured decisive endorsements, and earned widespread support.
Bera, 45, is a lifelong Californian whose parents immigrated to the U.S. from India over 50 years ago. He and his wife, Dr. Janine Bera, have been residents of Elk Grove, California for over 15 years and have a 12-year old daughter, Sydra.