Medicare and Social Security are promises made to our seniors in return for a life of hard work, yet too many Americans face the prospect of entering retirement age without the savings to retire securely. With high healthcare and prescription drug costs, the loss of pensions, and stagnant wage growth, Maine’s seniors are being forced to continue to work, and retire, into poverty.
We should honor all seniors, and fight against the privatization or roll back of Medicare and Social Security. We need to make these programs more efficient and accessible, and increase benefits so that more seniors have the opportunity for comfortable, secure retirements. We must also prioritize affordable senior housing, and remodel long-term care services so that seniors always have the option of living safely and comfortably at home.