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  • Gabriel Gomez (Rep)

  • Edward J. Markey (Dem)

Biographical Information

Social Security

How would you protect Social Security for today’s seniors and strengthen it for future generations?

Medicare

How would you put Medicare on stronger financial ground and protect today’s seniors and future retirees from the burden of rising health costs?

Financial Security

How would you help Americans build a financial nest egg for their retirement?

Campaign Phone (617) 249-4113
Our nation’s entitlement programs are on the path to insolvency. To save these programs, we need bipartisan action now. For many of our mothers and fathers, Social Security is an important lifeline. We cannot risk losing this essential program because of inaction or complacency. Political leaders in Washington should have the courage to commit to reforming these programs, without engaging in disingenuous and shameless scare tactics designed to scare our seniors. (Source: Gabriel Gomez for U.S. Senate; http://ow.ly/lkcCR)
• Social Security should continue to guarantee that Americans who work and pay into the system receive benefits based on what they earn and contribute.

• Benefits should keep up with inflation and last for as long as an individual lives.

• We must protect benefits for people who count on them most, including surviving spouses and families, low-wage workers, and individuals who become disabled and can no longer work.

• Social Security must be put on stable financial ground, but any adjustments should be implemented gradually so changes do not impact those in or near retirement.
To improve the long-term federal debt picture, he favors gradually raising the eligibility age for Social Security and Medicare over nearly a quarter-century and means testing both programs, meaning people with higher incomes would received fewer benefits or pay more for those benefits. (Source: The Eagle Tribune; http://ow.ly/lkcR9)
• Medicare should be strengthened and improved so both current and future generations can count on having access to high-quality, affordable coverage.

• Medicare should continue to guarantee a specific set of benefits that are affordable and meet a person’s health care needs.

• Medicare should offer choices that ensure access to high-quality health care.

• Medicare should improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of care by emphasizing value and cracking down on fraud, waste, and abuse.
Washington, DC has a spending problem. The Federal government has become a bloated organization with no budget, and runs at an annual loss. Today, we are $16 trillion in debt. Meanwhile, career politicians on both sides of the aisle continue to kick the can down the road and print more money. We recently raised taxes on the wealthy, and on every worker in America with the payroll tax hike. It is time now to reach across the aisle and work together to enact meaningful spending reductions in a fair and equitable way, without hurting our military preparedness. (Source: Gabriel Gomez for U.S. Senate; http://ow.ly/lkcCR)
• There should be more opportunities and incentives for all Americans to save for their retirement and financial security.

• Freedom from age discrimination is a fundamental right, and all Americans should be able to keep working and contributing to society regardless of age.

• Promoting affordable home ownership and safeguarding home equity are important to maintain and improve the independence and quality of life of Americans age 50-plus.
Campaign Phone (617) 286-4147
Time and again, Ed has fought to protect Social Security and Medicare, which provide retirement security to more than one million people in Massachusetts. He opposes any changes to Social Security that would reduce benefits for our nation’s seniors, including misguided proposals to raise the retirement age or reduce cost of living adjustments. And Ed will always fight against…attempts to privatize Social Security. (Source: Ed Markey for U.S. Senate; http://ow.ly/lk8Ax)
• Social Security should continue to guarantee that Americans who work and pay into the system receive benefits based on what they earn and contribute.

• Benefits should keep up with inflation and last for as long as an individual lives.

• We must protect benefits for people who count on them most, including surviving spouses and families, low-wage workers, and individuals who become disabled and can no longer work.

• Social Security must be put on stable financial ground, but any adjustments should be implemented gradually so changes do not impact those in or near retirement.
Ed…opposes…efforts to turn Medicare into a voucher program that would slash benefits for seniors. Ed voted for health care reform that saves Medicare recipients money on prescription drugs by closing the “donut hole,” which forced seniors to pay huge out-of-pocket expenses to get the medicines they need. Since health care reform was enacted, Massachusetts residents have saved more than $90 million on prescription drugs, and those eligible for Medicare now have access to free preventive services, such as mammograms and colonoscopies. (Source: Ed Markey for U.S. Senate; http://ow.ly/lk8Ax)
• Medicare should be strengthened and improved so both current and future generations can count on having access to high-quality, affordable coverage.

• Medicare should continue to guarantee a specific set of benefits that are affordable and meet a person’s health care needs.

• Medicare should offer choices that ensure access to high-quality health care.

• Medicare should improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of care by emphasizing value and cracking down on fraud, waste, and abuse.
As a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Markey plays a key oversight role over commerce issues. He consistently fights for increased corporate responsibility and consumer protection, pushing for reforms ranging from safer banking practices, updated product safety standards and transparency in the marketplace. In addition, Rep. Markey is a tireless advocate for Social Security, Medicare, and other vital programs upon which Bay State residents and all Americans rely. (Source: Congressman Markey’s official site; http://ow.ly/clOZe)
• There should be more opportunities and incentives for all Americans to save for their retirement and financial security.

• Freedom from age discrimination is a fundamental right, and all Americans should be able to keep working and contributing to society regardless of age.

• Promoting affordable home ownership and safeguarding home equity are important to maintain and improve the independence and quality of life of Americans age 50-plus.