America’s seniors have spent a lifetime paying into Social Security, saving for their retirement, and preparing for their golden years. They deserve to be able to collect on all of their hard work. That’s why I’m working hard to ensure that Social Security is preserved not only for current retirees, but for generation of seniors to come.
I am also committed to ensuring that older Americans have access to the best health care possible, so that they can enjoy the best quality of life, well into their senior years. As Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus’ Health Braintrust, improving senior health is one of my top priorities. I am committed to helping seniors in the Second District, and across the nation by:
- Defending benefits provided to seniors through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA closed the Medicare Part D “donut hole,” extended Medicare solvency, and increased access for annual wellness visits. I support these benefits and will fight any efforts to repeal them.
- Standing up against efforts to privatize Social Security or end Medicare by replacing it with a voucher program. These proposals will hurt seniors. I support reforms that will make Social Security and Medicare more efficient without reducing benefits for our seniors.
- Expanding Medicare coverage to ensure that seniors have access to the best healthcare available.
- Protecting the solvency of Social Security and Medicare for future generations. Medicare and Social Security solvency is one of the most contentious issues in Congress and has led to a variety of radical proposals. I’m committed to responsibly reforming Medicare and Social Security to ensure the longevity of these programs.
I look forward to hearing from you.
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It’s awful for seniors who paid into Social Security with the promise that it would take care of them.
It’s awful for public safety as it slashes critical investments in our law enforcement.