One of my top priorities will be defending our senior citizens and programs they rely on – Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
Retiring with dignity, after a lifetime of work and sacrifice, is a fundamental concept in our society, yet too often that dream goes unrealized for too many in our community. As a country, we have made a promise to our seniors that the Social Security they paid into all their working lives will be there for them when they retire. I will do everything in my power to keep the promises of Social Security alive, including blocking any efforts to privatize it.
At the same time, our seniors are counting on Medicare to provide for their healthcare needs. It is a system that is highly valued and widely praised by most participants. The Affordable Care Act closed the “donut hole” in Medicare drug coverage, reduced fraud, and improved patient protections. But the increasing numbers of enrollees brought on by the Baby Boom generation and the skyrocketing cost of health care is threatening the viability of the Medicare Trust Fund.
The single best thing we can do to help save Medicare is to reduce the cost of health care. As a 40-year nurse, I am prepared to bring my experience in this arena to work, alongside others on both sides of the aisle, to cut costs and save this highly valued program for future generations.