Rochelle Wilcox

Rochelle Wilcox for Congress

building on shared values

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Thank you, Everyone!

Over the past several months, I've been inspired and amazed by the commitment of the people of this District to improving the lives of everyone who lives here. I've been grateful for the tremendous support that's been given to me and the other candidates by people determined to elect a representative who puts her constituent's interests ahead of the interests of wealthy donors.

I've also been clear that I will leave the campaign if and when I decide that the best way forward for the District is for me to step back. That time has come. I've decided to suspend my campaign and give more space for the voters to get to know the other candidates, so that they can decide who will best represent our District in Congress. As I've told many people I've gotten to know this year, you're still going to see me because I'm committed to flipping this seat, and then working to improve the lives of everyone in this District. But I've decided I can best do that without the constraints of a campaign that forces me to downplay some of the issues about which I care the most, because I'm afraid of alienating voters we will need. In addition to helping elect our first female representative for this District, I'll be joining the Poor People's Campaign (at www.breachrepairers.org) to fight more broadly for the social justice issues that as a country we must fix before we can become everything we know we can be.

Thank you so much to my campaign team Dyana Polk, Luis Amezcua and Nolan Pack, to Kris Johnson and Tita Bladen for their untiring support of our campaign, and to everyone else across the District who is showing up and fighting for the things that matter. Together, we will create a better world for our kids.

Social Security and Medicare

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.