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DelBene: Congress Should Not Break its Promise to Seniors

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Seattle, WA, April 2, 2015 | comments

SEATTLE – Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) spoke at a regional forum hosted by the White House Conference on Aging for older Americans, their families, caregivers, advocates, community leaders and experts on key issues affecting older Americans.

“We cannot expect to address the challenges facing older Americans in the 21st century unless we take the time to understand the changing needs and demographics of this population,” DelBene said. “It’s critical that we look forward to the next 50 years and craft policies to ensure our seniors continue to be well-cared for.”

The White House has held a Conference on Aging since the 1960s in an effort to improve the quality of life of older Americans. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid and the Older Americans Act, and the 80th anniversary of Social Security.

DelBene said ensuring the long-term stability of these benefits is essential to taking care of American seniors.

“Dramatically cutting benefits or privatizing Social Security would weaken the system and break our promise to citizens,” DelBene said. “Instead, we should lift the income contribution cap on the wealthiest Americans, which would ensure the Social Security Trust Fund remains solvent for 75 years – just by making sure everyone pays their fair share.”

Last week, DelBene opposed proposals in the Republican budget that would turn Medicare into a voucher system and immediately increase prescription drug costs for seniors.

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Congressman Jim McDermott (WA-07) also attended the event.

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