Issue Position: Seniors

Issue Position

Garamendi is a champion for seniors and will always protect Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid/MediCal.

Every American who worked hard and played by the rules deserves to retire with dignity. All of us deserve the peace of mind that comes when basic necessities are covered through Medicare and Social Security. I have stood against Congressional Republican efforts to dismantle Medicare and privatize Social Security, because these institutions have done a remarkable job of ending desperate poverty among our seniors.

In 1967, almost a third of American seniors lived in poverty. Today, thanks to Medicare and Social Security, less than ten percent of American seniors live in poverty. We have more work to do, particularly in creating more job opportunities for seniors who want to work, improving nursing room care, and expanding vital services like dental and vision coverage to all seniors, but to my last breath, I will fight back against any effort to roll back support for seniors.