Medicare and Social Security are vital to the health and welfare of older Americans in San Bernardino County and throughout our nation. I will fight tooth and nail to protect and strengthen these programs in Congress.
Unfortunately, the budget passed by Republicans in Congress would take us in the opposite direction, breaking the promise made to our seniors. It starts us down a dangerous road to privatizing Medicare into a voucher program, forcing seniors to shop for health insurance on the private market and paying thousands more in out-of-pocket expenses for the same level of coverage.
Let’s be clear — we cannot allow Congress to cut vital programs for seniors, students and the middle class to give additional tax breaks to big corporations and wealthy individuals.
In Redlands, I’ve protected important city programs for seniors. We have maintained critical services, even in tough economic times, helping seniors stay active and engaged in their community.