PROTECT AND STRENGTHEN SOCIAL SECURITY

Lane Siekman "A Voice for Hoosier Families"

BRINGING SMALL TOWN VALUES TO WASHINGTON

Lane Siekman is committed to keeping the promises made to and paid for by our seniors. He believe in protecting and strengthening Social Security and Medicare and honoring the benefits that seniors earned during a lifetime of hard work and will fight to make sure that everyone in this country can retire with the dignity and respect they deserve.He will support legislation to lift the cap on taxable income that goes into the Social Security system so that everyone who makes over $250,000 a year pays the same percentage of their income into Social Security as the middle class and working families. This would not only extend the solvency of Social Security for the next 50 years, but also brings in enough revenue to expand benefits, increase cost-of-living-adjustments; and lift more seniors out of poverty by increasing the minimum benefits paid to low-income seniors. Lane will also oppose any proposal to privatize Medicare, replace it with a voucher system, or simply shift costs directly onto seniors.

I’m committed to keeping the promises made to and paid for by our seniors.

I believe in protecting and strengthening Social Security and Medicare and honoring the benefits that seniors earned during a lifetime of hard work. I will fight to make sure that everyone in this country can retire with the dignity and respect they deserve.

  • Social Security and Medicare provide a critical lifeline for Hoosiers. 1,191,768 Hoosiers receive monthly Social Security checks, including 186,817 workers with disabilities and 100,871 children and 971,923 Hoosiers get their health care coverage from Medicare. Without these programs, millions of America’s elderly would live in poverty. By one estimate, Social Security alone lifts more than 14 million older Americans out of poverty.
  • I do not believe that Social Security is a “ponzi scheme,” as some have called it, and I do not support proposals that would privatize it. The Social Security program is safe and has a $2.8 trillion surplus. It can pay every benefit owed to every eligible American for the next 19 years (and more than three-quarters after that).
  • Social Security’s assets aren’t “just paper,” as some pundits put it. Social Security invests in U.S Treasury bonds, the safest interest-bearing securities in the world. These are the same bonds wealthy investors have purchased, along with China and other foreign countries. These bonds are backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government, which in our long history has never defaulted on its debt obligations.
  • One issues is that right now a billionaire pays the same amount of money into Social Security as someone who makes $118,500 a year. That’s because there is a cap on taxable income that goes into the Social Security system. We can lift this cap so that everyone who makes over $250,000 a year pays the same percentage of their income into Social Security as the middle class and working families. This would not only extend the solvency of Social Security for the next 50 years, but also bring in enough revenue to expand benefits by an average of $65 a month; increase cost-of-living-adjustments; and lift more seniors out of poverty by increasing the minimum benefits paid to low-income seniors. This modest change will extend Social Security's life for another generation of Americans. Not only is this the right thing to do from a moral perspective, it is also what the vast majority of the American people want us to do. 61 percent of the American people support expanding Social Security benefits by lifting the cap on taxable income, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll earlier this year.
  • I will also oppose any proposal to privatize Medicare, replace it with a voucher system, or simply shift costs directly onto seniors. Our first priority should be to maintain benefits and cut costs.
  • I’m also concerned about elder abuse and consumer fraud. The National Center on Elder Abuse reports that thousands of older Americans suffer physical, emotional and financial abuse at the hands of their family and caretakers. Sadly, many victims are reluctant to report abuse, leaving them vulnerable and alone. The FBI and the National Crime Prevention Council report that seniors are more at risk to be targeted by telemarketing and other consumer scams. The Council estimates that fraudulent telemarketers direct up to 56 to 80 percent of their calls at older Americans. I will work with law enforcement, health care providers and senior groups to find better ways to identify, stop and punish these crimes.

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Lane Siekman for Congress

P.O.Box 144

Rising Sun, Indiana 47040

(812) 438-4072

laneforcongress@gmail.com


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