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.

More on 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 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.
Feb 19, 2014
U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos was among a group of more than 110 lawmakers who are urging President Barack Obama not to include a proposal to trim Social Security benefits in his 2015 budget proposal.
Nov 26, 2013
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced that she called on the Budget Conference Committee to protect Social Security and Medicare in the event that a budget deal is reached next month.
Oct 21, 2013
A local congresswoman gets up close and personal to help senior citizens enroll in Medicare.
Oct 18, 2013
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos reminded Illinois seniors of the Medicare open enrollment period that began earlier this week across the country.
Oct 15, 2013
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and Congressman Dave Loebsack joined together to ensure that Medicare open enrollment is not affected by the current reckless and irresponsible government shutdown.
Sep 28, 2013
For the past 78 years, Social Security has lifted millions of seniors out of poverty and provided many more with the opportunity to live out their golden years with dignity and independence.
Aug 14, 2013
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos released the following statement saluting the Social Security program, which was signed into law by President Franklin Roosevelt 78 years ago today:

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