In this country, we must take care of the generations that came before us, that worked every day to raise us up to where we are today. I’m proud to be part of a compassionate society that won’t turn its back on its citizens when they need it most. But our social safety nets are under attack from Congressional Republicans who want to privatize or gut these important programs. The protective strategies that have become woven into our national identity – like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid– are too important for us to turn our backs on them.
In the years since Ida May Fuller received the very first Social Security check on January 31st, 1940, we have taken great pride in delivering to seniors the promises that we made. I will work tirelessly in Congress to prevent the privatization of Social Security, insulating it from the kind of financial gambling that precipitated our current economic downturn.
The seniors who helped to build our families and our towns should be guaranteed access to affordable, quality health care. In Congress, I will work to protect Medicare from the right-wing Ryan Budget’s attempts to convert the program to a risky, expensive voucher plan. Republicans want to end the Medicare guarantee that our seniors have counted on for years, leaving our seniors practically on their own with major healthcare decisions and costs. No one will have to choose between heating their homes and maintaining their health.
My opponent has voted not once, but twice to convert Medicare to a voucher program. He supported privatizing Social Security. As a Congressman, I will strongly oppose both efforts.