Commitment to Seniors

For nearly a century, the promise in this country has been simple: anyone working hard has the right to a dignified retirement.  Count on me to fight back against dangerous efforts to cut and privatize Social Security and Medicare that would directly harm older Tennesseans, as well as surviving spouses and Tennesseans with disabilities. 

 

Instead, I’ll work to give a pay raise to seniors and other beneficiaries of these critical benefits.

 

Let’s put more money in seniors’ pockets by increasing benefits, cutting taxes, and ensuring that Social Security keeps up with the rising cost of living so that no one who has spent a lifetime working hard has to retire into poverty—all of which we can do by raising workers’ wages so we’re investing more money into retirement, and by asking the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share.

 

We must strengthen and expand Medicare by lowering the eligibility age to 60 and allowing people to buy in at 50, allowing Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices—which would result in big savings for seniors and taxpayers—and expanding benefits to include vision, dental, and hearing coverage so older Tennesseans can get the care they need.