Before Social Security was enacted, the single biggest cause of poverty in America was simply growing old. And before Medicare, seniors' greatest fear was paying for needed medical care. These two programs have been the most successful public undertakings we have ever done together. But these vital and successful programs are under attack in Washington.
Congressman Gibson and his friends in Washington have voted repeatedly to end Medicare as we know it. They want to replace the guaranteed benefit for seniors and instead give them coupons that, over time, will get them less and less of the healthcare that they need.
Meanwhile, most Republicans in Washington want to endanger Social Security's future by eliminating the guaranteed benefit and risking our Social Security in the stock market. That's wrong, and I'll fight against that.