A "Visiting Viewpoint" piece in the Reflector last week points out projected shortfalls in Social Security and Medicare, and wonders "how no one, who is in a position of power, is stepping forward to champion this cause."
Well, one champion that quickly comes to mind is U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.
For Social Security, he has promoted strengthening and expanding the program. That would be funded by removing the taxable income cap so that those making more than a quarter million a year would pay closer to the rate that most others pay. That remedy became a plank in the current Democratic Party national platform. And in Congress, the Social Security Expansion Act now has 39 cosponsors in the House, and four in the Senate.
For Medicare, Sanders has promoted Medicare for all, which would cover everyone for every health need, including dental, with no co-pays or deductibles. It would be funded by premiums and tax changes, such that a typical middle class family would save $5,000 per year. Medicare for all has been introduced both in the House, where it now has 124 co-sponsors, and in the Senate, where it has 16 co-sponsors.
So, there are senators and representatives who support real remedies — not cuts — for these two programs, which are vital to the American people. And so we should, in turn, support those congress persons.