Our great nation cannot allow its seniors to go without healthcare or fall into poverty and homelessness. I will fight to ensure that we never forget or neglect our seniors.
We must fight to preserve Medicare and Social Security, essential programs that reflect our shared commitment to support seniors. Darrell Issa once called Social Security a “Ponzi scheme” and threatened to raise the retirement age. I believe that we must oppose Republican efforts to privatize Social Security or raise the retirement age — an unfair idea that will hurt seniors who have worked the hardest.
The American Health Care Act, promoted by President Trump and supported by Republicans in the House of Representatives, would have allowed insurance companies to charge people age 50-64 up to five times as much as younger adults for the same coverage. This age tax on older Americans is unacceptable and would have undermined the prosperity of an entire generation.
According to AARP, over 3 million low- to moderate-income older adults ages 50-64 currently rely on tax credits under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to purchase health insurance coverage. Proposals to replace the current-law tax credits with new “flat” tax credits adjusted for age would substantially reduce their value by as much as $5,900 for an individual and would put health insurance and care out of reach for many.
Social Security benefits are a lifeline for many Americans, keeping them and their families out of poverty. In 2013, Social Security kept over 22 million Americans out of poverty, including over a million children (under age 18), over 6 million adults (between the ages of 18 and 64), and nearly 15 million people ages 65 and older. More than 10 million older Americans depend on Social Security for the majority of their income.
Our seniors have paid into these programs for decades and we cannot let them down.
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