In 1935 our nation passed the Social Security Act and demonstrated our commitment to an American value-that after years of working, Americans should retire with dignity.
Today, millions of seniors depend on social security benefits as a primary source of income, and others depend on it as the only means to stay above the poverty line. We must consider the obstacles that keep so many from even getting by, including, rising health care costs, housing, job loss and depleted savings. Bonnie Watson Coleman believes that our values require us to defend and strengthen the protections guaranteed under the Social Security Act. If we fail to stand up to those in Washington who want to cut retirement, medical, survivors, disability, and unemployment benefits promised to us in the Social Security Act, we will fall utterly short of our goal, to help aging Americans stay above the poverty line.
When increased age leads to rising health care costs, Medicare serves as a safety net to provide millions of Americans with quality medical care. In Washington, Bonnie Watson Coleman will work to protect Americans from Tea Party attempts to cut Medicare, convert it to a voucher program, and raise the age for eligibility of benefits. The contributions that senior citizens have made to our country are immeasurable. In Congress, Bonnie Watson Coleman will remain committed to providing seniors the opportunity to retire with dignity.