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
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) voted for the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, a two year bill to fund the federal government. While Bustos largely agreed with many positive aspects of the compromise, she strongly pushed back on a provision that would have harmed Illinois farmers.
Washington, D.C. - Today Congresswoman Cheri Bustos thanked working families from across the 17th Congressional District for being a part of her most productive district work period to date. In all, Rep. Bustos held over 40 official events, meetings and job fairs during the August Congressional recess which ran from July 31 - September 7th.
SUBJ: Bustos Continues Fighting for the Right Priorities during Second Year in Office
DATE: December 19th, 2014