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Congressman Brad Schneider

Representing the 10th District of Illinois

Seniors

We must uphold our committment to older Americans for the secure retirement and quality health care that they have earned.

Our seniors, the people who supported our families and developed our communities, deserve the dignity of a secure retirement and affordable health care. The multi-generational commitment of Social Security and Medicare is a foundation of our social contract, and a defining feature of our national prosperity. 

I am committed to safeguarding Medicare from privatization and efforts to transform the program into a voucher system, shifting costs to seniors and our most vulnerable citizens.  While we must address rising health care costs that threaten Medicare’s long-term sustainability, I will defend the Medicare guarantee so that no senior will ever have to choose between heating their homes and maintaining their health.

I also know we must protect and strengthen Social Security. I will oppose efforts to privatize Social Security while looking for constructive ways to bolster the system.

While I recognize that we need to address our fiscal challenges, it is paramount that we fulfill the promise made to our seniors, and I will always work to fend off efforts to dismantle the basic structure of Social Security and Medicare.