Every day, 10,000 Americans turn 65 years old. As the Co-Chair of the House Democratic Caucus Seniors Task Force in the House of Representatives, I believe it is essential that we nurture a culture that respects older Americans and that protects the financial and health security that Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid provide.
Older Americans have spent many years working to raise families, pay their taxes, protect our country and build our communities. They have the right to the benefits that they have earned and to know that they will have the resources they need in retirement. That is why I so strongly oppose efforts to privatize Social Security or reduce benefits, to turn Medicare over to private insurance companies and turn it into “vouchercare”, or jeopardize access to long-term care services by cutting Medicaid and turning it into a block grant. We can ensure the longevity of these programs by making them more efficient. We do not need to cut benefits.
I am also committed to expanding access to the full range of long-term care services and supports, and helping seniors age in place within their own communities. We must build upon the Older Americans Act to meet those needs.
Legislation I’ve Introduced
- H. Res. 759 – This expresses support for the long-term care services, expanded home care workforce, and caregiver supports needed to uphold the right of seniors and individuals with disabilities to a dignified quality of life in their communities.
- Medicare Prescription Drug Savings and Choice Act – This bill would establish a Medicare-administered Part D drug plan to give seniors and people with disabilities more choices, in addition to private insurance-run plans. Medicare would use its purchasing power to bargain for discounts, as the VA does, and would also provide a transparent, publicly-accountable choice.