Social Security was created to ensure that hard working Americans and their dependents would have income after their working years. Proposals to privatize or replace it with self-managed funds can never provide the security that is the core value of the system. These alternatives offer too many opportunities to lose the money invested through mismanagement or corruption. We also cannot arbitrarily cut benefits to solve our budget problems. Many seniors need every dime they get to survive. Instead, I support raising income level caps. The most fortunate among us can and should contribute a little more to fund Social Security.
Medicare is the companion healthcare system to Social Security. I reject the idea of raising the premiums of struggling seniors. We can solve many of our budget problems by working to keep healthcare costs under control and minimize waste. Currently, we pay significantly more for our prescriptions than any other country in the world. Some of these drugs were first developed by our own National Institutes of Health, an important government institution at the forefront of disease and epidemic prevention. One of the greatest opportunities for cost control will be the ability to negotiate competitive pricing for pharmaceutical products.
As your Congresswoman, I will fight to make sure Social Security and Medicare are properly managed and funded.