Social Security is an unbreakable bond in our nation’s social contract to its people. It is a source of economic security for millions of hard-working Americans—through survivor benefits and assistance to seniors and people with disabilities. About 90 percent of people aged 65 and older receive Social Security benefits and nearly 2 in 3 get half or more of their income from Social Security. Further, 36 million retired workers received an average benefit of $1,229 per month and 8.6 million disabled workers received an average benefit of $1,111 per month. While I agree that Congress must address the long-term funding challenges to Social Security, I believe that any reforms must not be accomplished by reducing benefits.
That is why, in the 114th Congress, I cosponsored the Social Security Fairness Act and the Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act, two measures which protect Social Security benefits for certain beneficiaries, often those who have worked in public service. I believe we should support our government and public service employees rather than unfairly penalize them for their service to our nation.Medicare
We must keep Medicare’s promise of secure health coverage for hardworking Americans now in retirement by keeping the program solvent and reliable. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), seniors are now further protected by new improvements to Medicare service delivery such as the closing of the prescription drug gap in Medicare Part D and free preventive and wellness care for Medicare beneficiaries.
Future generations need a sustainable support system as they enter into retirement. It is imperative that we provide our seniors guaranteed protections against poverty in retirement so they can live the life they worked so hard to attain.
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