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Issue Position: Standing Up for Seniors

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Protecting the Covenants of Social Security and Medicare

"Social Security and Medicare are covenants between the government and America's seniors, who have dedicated their lives to building our communities and our nation. These are commitments we are obligated to honor."
-Betty Sutton

Protecting Social Security and Medicare
Social Security and Medicare are covenants between the government and Americas seniors who have dedicated their lives to building our communities and our nation. It is a commitment we are obligated to honor. While we must address the long-term financing of Social Security and Medicare, privatization is not the answer. Betty is committed to a bipartisan, responsible approach to ensure the long-term stability of Social Security and Medicare. The Alliance for Retired Americans has endorsed Betty and given her a 100% pro-retiree voting record, and she has been endorsed by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.

Lowering the Cost of Prescription Drugs
Prescription drug prices are out of control. Too many seniors are unable to afford the medicines they need when they need them. For too long politics and the drug companies have run roughshod over our seniors. Betty has been fighting to require that the government negotiate with the pharmaceutical companies for the lowest possible drug prices for our seniors and taxpayers.

Medicare Reimbursements
Betty is committed to long-term and sustainable reform our Medicare Physician Payment system. Betty supported the Medicare Physician Payment Reform Act of 2009 to permanently replace the Medicare physician payment system with a stable, fair and sustainable system. The law sought to protect Medicare beneficiaries' access to physicians by blocking the 21 percent scheduled fee reductions. Betty also voted to stave off the 21 percent fee reduction scheduled for June 2010, and to increase payments under Medicare by 2.2% through 2010 and 1% in 2011.

Protecting Services for Those Who've Served Our Country
Betty is leading the fight to ensure the Veteran's Administration is fully funded, has better oversight and stricter inspection requirements for veterans' hospitals, and provides the complete range of medical services needed by our veterans. Because of Betty's leadership the VA is improving the delivery of efficient and effective health care to our veterans and is improving access to health services for the 1.8 million women who have served our country.

Fighting for Local Services
When a local VA Clinic was going to be re-located from its current accessible location, Betty successfully worked with our veterans and local leaders to keep it where it was so that our veterans could readily access it. Betty will continue to fight to make sure care is accessible to those in our community who have given so much in service.

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