Retirement & Healthcare Security for Older Pennsylvanians

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Social Security into law in 1935, more than half of America’s seniors were in poverty. When Medicare was added in 1966, nearly half of all seniors couldn’t get, or couldn’t afford, health insurance. 

Even today, nearly half of all older Americans would be living below the poverty line without Social Security. This critical piece of America’s safety net is as important as ever, protecting 96 percent of our workers and their families. Millions rely on Medicare and Medicaid to help with the rising costs of long-term care, giving them a better chance at a healthier life. 

Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republicans in Congress want to privatize Social Security and turn Medicare into an unstable voucher program that makes it easier for them to cut and run from.

I have met with countless Pennsylvanians who are able to care for themselves and live meaningful lives today thanks to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. It is critical that we stand up and fight to protect Social Security and Medicare for this generation and the next.