Seniors

Contrary to some people’s beliefs, Social Security and Medicare programs are NOT ‘entitlement programs’. They are a kind of insurance account we all pay into, ONLY to retrieve what we’ve been paying into during our entire working life, after reaching our retirement age. They are very successful programs that have had a very positive effect on our society. Before these programs were created, our seniors were suffering in poverty at an alarming rate. Since the inception of these programs, our senior poverty rate has been dropping considerably.

Many politicians have tried to bankrupt these programs by either lowering the rate that is taken out of our paychecks to fund it or failing to increase the rate enough to reflect the anticipated rising costs. Another way politicians have tried to bankrupt these programs is by allocating the money in their funds to expenses outside of their funds. One may wonder why some politicians are practicing or attempting to practice such maneuvers. The answer is simple. They want to prove that they are more Democratic ideas doomed to fail. In fact, they want them to fail as soon as possible, and continue to eliminate them primarily through efforts to privatize them.

Our seniors have worked hard their whole lives, and they must continue to enjoy the fruits of their labor. By strengthening Social Security and Medicare we can make sure that seniors are cared for a way that reflects their long-time contribution to our communities.

My opponent, Mimi Walters, supported YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits (Bill sponsored by Archer, R-TX; Bill HR 4865). Walters Supported NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox (Motion to Recommit introduced by Rangel, D-NY; Bill HR 1259). Walters supported YES to reduce taxes on Social Security earnings (Contract with America 93-CWA9). Walters supported YES on Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act (Bill sponsored by Hastert, R-IL; Bill HR 1). Walters voted NO on Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act of 2015 (Bill sponsored by Welch; D-VT; Bill HR 3061). She wants to bankrupt Social Security and Medicare programs as soon as possible. She is considered anti-senior by the Alliance for Retired Americans.  Once again, she isn't working for WE the People. Instead, she is working for her Wall Street and Billionaire Class campaign contributors. See which industries are Walters' largest contributors here!

Walters’ Voting/Support Record:

  • YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits (Bill sponsored by Archer, R-TX; Bill HR 4865)
  • NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox (Motion to Recommit introduced by Rangel, D-NY; Bill HR 1259)
  • YES on reducing taxes on Social Security earnings
  • YES on Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act (Bill sponsored by Hastert, R-IL; Bill HR 1)
  • NO on Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act of 2015 (Bill sponsored by Welch, D-VT; Bill HR 3061)
  • NOT standing up for WE the People

Varasteh’s Congressional Pledge:

  • Defend and strengthen Social Security for seniors
  • Defend and strengthen Medicare for seniors
  • Increase IRA limits
  • Reform pension plans
  • Standing up for WE the People
  • Not for sale