Medicare and Social Security

  • I will always protect Social Security and Medicare from attempts to slash the guaranteed benefits California seniors have paid for and planned on. We must work to protect Social Security and Medicare. It is a commitment we made to retirees, and I will fight any effort to break that promise. The best way to save Medicare is to reduce healthcare costs by allowing Medicare to negotiate with drug companies for lower prices and use electronic record keeping to eliminate expensive duplicate tests.

  • Instead of cutting Medicare, we have to bring down overall healthcare costs, which will not only help reduce the cost of Medicare, it will help every American whose out-of-pocket expenses keep rising. The cost of prescription drugs is a perfect example.  Hard-working Americans are paying too much for prescription drugs, and career politicians are standing in the way of real solutions and change we desperately need. We need to allow Medicare to negotiate with drug companies to lower prices; that would save taxpayers nearly $200 billion over the next ten years alone, and continue to root out waste, fraud and abuse in the system.

  • We need to focus on ways to reform healthcare that benefits our citizens, not create new barriers, challenges, and complications. Health care reform has benefited thousands of families in our area, prohibiting insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, allowing young people to stay on their parents’ policies, and creating opportunities for small businesses and self-employed people to purchase affordable health coverage.