Congresswoman Cheri Bustos

Representing the 17th District of Illinois
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Medicare and Social Security

Medicare has been a solemn promise our country has made to our seniors for generations: work hard, pay your taxes and we will ensure the health care you’ve earned is there for you when you need it most.  I will fight to keep that promise for both current and future generations.

To ensure Medicare’s long-term financial stability, I support the implementation of common sense reforms like switching to electronic medical records to lower costs and better coordinate services.  I believe it is important to use Medicare’s negotiating power to get better prices, especially regarding prescription drug costs.

I strongly oppose the privatization of Social Security or any other attempt to cut guaranteed benefits.  Social Security is a critically important bedrock of retirement for so many seniors in our region and I will fight to protect and preserve it.

Here are some of the steps I’ve taken to preserve and protect Social Security and Medicare.

  • In June, I led a successful effort to maintain benefit verification statement services at local Social Security Field Offices.
  • In February, I successfully helped lead a group of 117 other lawmakers in urging the President to rule out cuts to Social Security and veterans’ benefits in his budget proposal.
  • I supported a resolution opposing the use of "chained CPI" for Social Security benefits. This sent a clear message that there are more reasonable ways to reduce the deficit that do not reduce Social Security benefits or balance the budget on the backs of seniors. I continue to strongly oppose any proposals that would lead to benefit cuts to Social Security.
  • I have remained firm in my opposition to the Ryan Budget. This misguided plan would shift Medicare costs onto seniors and raise out-of-pocket health care costs for every senior by over $6,000 annually.

More on Medicare and Social Security

Feb 2, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos released the following statement applauding President Obama’s decision to not include Social Security benefit cuts in his Fiscal Year 2016 Budget proposal.
Jan 21, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos continued her work to protect Medicare and Social Security by sending a letter to President Obama urging him to stand with seniors and middle class families and reject the chained Consumer Price Index (CPI).
Dec 19, 2014

SUBJ: Bustos Continues Fighting for the Right Priorities during Second Year in Office
DATE: December 19th, 2014

Nov 17, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos reminded Illinois seniors of the Medicare open enrollment period during which seniors can make changes to their Medicare plan and sign up for 2015 coverage.
Oct 10, 2014
Seniors living at the Grand Victorian of Pekin retirement community got a rare chance to grill their congressional representative on the issues when U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos paid the retirement community a visit Friday afternoon.
Sep 29, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced that she will be spending the week touring the Northwestern and Central region of Illinois that she represents and discussing the importance of preserving and protecting Medicare and Social Security.
Jul 18, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos received word that her fight to prevent service cuts at Social Security Field Offices achieved its goal.
Jul 10, 2014
Additional cuts to services at Social Security Administration offices around the country are expected to go into effect next month.
Jul 8, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos continued her fight to protect local seniors by supporting legislation that would delay cuts to services at Social Security Administration (SSA) field offices across the country.
Feb 20, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos released the following statement upon receiving news that President Obama will not include Social Security benefit cuts in his upcoming budget proposal for next year.