“Social Security and Medicare are a promise made to Arizona seniors. I’ll protect the retirement security of Arizona seniors by opposing any plan to put Social Security at the whims of Wall Street, and I’ll oppose the Republican plan to make Medicare into a voucher program that would double the out-of-pocket health care costs for seniors.”
More than 900,000 Arizona seniors rely on Medicare. Roughly 900,000 Arizona seniors also receive Social Security benefits each month. And while Social Security and Medicare are essential to their retirement security and keeping many out of poverty, Arizona seniors are constantly under attack in Washington. One Republican plan in Washington would privatize Medicare, ending the program as we know it by turning it into a voucher program that would send out-of-pocket health care costs skyrocketing for seniors. Another plan privatizes Social Security, gambling it in the roller-coaster stock market instead of protecting it as a stable and secure part of their retirement. Sinema strongly opposes these attempts to privatize Social Security and Medicare, and will fight to strengthen these cornerstones of economic security for Arizona seniors. It is important to balance the federal budget, but we need to do it the right way, by protecting Social Security and Medicare, not asking seniors to sacrifice their dignity.