Social Security and Medicare
We must honor the promises we have made to our seniors so they can get the support and health care they need, and have a secure and dignified retirement. That’s why I have pledged to not take a congressional pension until Medicare and Social Security are secure for this generation and future generations.
As a doctor, I cared for thousands of patients who have paid into and rely on Medicare. I know first-hand that we can reduce runaway health care costs without making dramatic cuts to Medicare that will hurt our seniors. By lowering drug costs, ending wasteful tests, and encouraging preventative care, we can safeguard Medicare for future generations. I took an oath to care for the well-being of my patients as doctor, and I will continue to take the same approach as your Congressman.
As we face steep deficits, some in Washington are talking about cutting Social Security and Medicare to help balance our budget. I believe we must work together to address our debt and spending problems in a responsible, balanced, and bipartisan way. But as we discuss these crucial issues, we should be talking about how to strengthen these programs – not eliminating them.
- Opposing Cuts to Social Security and Medicare: I sent a letter, along with 106 of my congressional colleagues, to the President and the Congressional leadership to urge them to protect these promises to our seniors from any devastating cuts. As I continue my work in Congress, I will continue to oppose short-sighted, devastating cuts to these safety-nets that would harm our seniors.
- Led Debate on Protecting and Strengthening Medicare: I was proud to lead a congressional debate on how we can both protect and strengthen Medicare for today’s seniors and for future generations. Before the debate, I asked you to share your own Medicare stories with me on Facebook and Twitter. It was a real privilege to hear your stories, and I was proud to share them with Congress so they could hear directly from you. You can watch part of the debate here:
I voted against a partisan budget plan offered by Congressman Paul Ryan, which would end the Medicare guarantee and turn it into a voucher system. The Ryan plan would leave millions of seniors unable to afford the health care they need and deserve. Our parents and grandparents did not work their whole lives, paying into a system, only to be handed a voucher that doesn't even cover the cost of their care.
Addressing our budget must be a top priority so we don’t leave our children buried under a mountain of debt. But we must work together toward a solution, and find a balanced and reasonable compromise. I spoke on the House floor against the Ryan plan, which you can see here: