Hillary Clinton and Social Security

August 17, 2016

As election season rolls around, I thought I would put up a few of the candidates thoughts on Social Security and Medicare.  From her campaign website:

Social Security isn’t just a program—it’s a promise. As president, Hillary will:

  • Defend Social Security against Republican attacks.
  • Oppose reducing annual cost-of-living adjustments.
  • Oppose Republican efforts to raise the retirement age—an unfair idea that will particularly hurt the seniors who have worked the hardest throughout their lives.
  • Oppose closing the long-term shortfall on the backs of the middle class, whether through benefit cuts or tax increases
  • Expand Social Security for those who need it most and who are treated unfairly by the current system—including women who are widows and those who took significant time out of the paid workforce to take care of their children, aging parents, or ailing family members.
  • Preserve Social Security for decades to come by asking the wealthiest to contribute more. Social Security must continue to guarantee dignity in retirement for future generations. Hillary understands that there is no way to accomplish that goal without asking the highest-income Americans to pay more, including options to tax some of their income above the current Social Security cap and taxing some of their income not currently taken into account by the Social Security system.

Medicare:  Medicare is the bedrock of health care coverage for more than 50 million American seniors and people with disabilities. As senator, Hillary co-sponsored and sponsored bills to reduce the impact of the Medicare prescription drug gap by reducing the price of pharmaceuticals for seniors.  As president, Hillary will:

  • Fight Republican attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
  • Fight back against Republican plans to privatize or “phase out” Medicare as we know it.
  • Drive down drug costs for seniors and other Americans.
  • Reform Medicare delivery systems to deliver value and quality to our seniors and people with disabilities.

For more about Hillary Clinton’s thoughts on Social Security and Medicare, go to her website:  https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/social-security-and-medicare/

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