After running businesses, raising families, and becoming anchors in our communities, seniors have contributed much to the fabric of our society. Each generation of Americans drives continued growth and progress, and we must honor all that our seniors have done for us by protecting the benefits they have earned.
Medicare and Social Security form the cornerstones of our collective commitment to American seniors. Social Security is an independent, self-sustaining program with a trust fund that exists separately from the rest of the federal budget. While the dual demands of an aging population and underemployment of the working-age population have put a strain on the trust fund, Social Security is a bedrock program with a funding structure that exists outside of the political negotiations around our federal budget, debt, and deficit. The best way we can protect Social Security for tomorrow is to make sure that our working-age population is employed in good jobs and a growing economy today.
Sustained and innovative efforts to contain rising healthcare costs will be key to protecting Medicare’s ability to guarantee affordable access to healthcare for America’s seniors. From ensuring full and meaningful implementation of the Affordable Care Act, to keeping Social Security solvent and stable, to supporting affordable housing and community services, we honor our commitment to seniors by making sure that their lifetime efforts in the American workforce translate to healthy and stable retirement. When we keep this promise to the generation before us, we encourage the generation after us to invest in the new businesses, jobs, and opportunities that often require risk, but make the American economy stronger for all of us.
See also Senior Citizens' Resources.