Protecting Social Security and Medicare

I hate the negative connotations associated with calling Social Security and Medicare “entitlement programs.” Of course people are entitled to them, we spend a lifetime paying into them. I know that our seniors rely on these benefits that they have earned, and I’ll fight any attempt to privatize Social Security or turn Medicare into a voucher system.

The recently-passed Republican tax law reduced revenue for Social Security and Medicare in favor of tax breaks for corporations and special interests. The GOP tax law also effectively dismantles the Affordable Care Act, leading to more uninsured people and driving up Medicare payments to hospitals. If elected, I will fight for legislation to shift the current benefits of the law from giveaways to the ultra-wealthy to providing relief for middle-class and working families and retirees.