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In 1935, Democrats and President Franklin Roosevelt created Social Security. In 1965, Democrats and President Lyndon Johnson created Medicare. Ever since, Democrats have continually fought to defend these cornerstones of the American Dream in the face of attempts to dismantle or undermine both.

PROTECTING SOCIAL SECURITY
In recent years, Democrats have beaten back Republican plans to privatize Social Security—plans that would have exposed the retirement funds of millions of American seniors to great risk on the eve of the financial crisis.

STRENGTHENING MEDICARE
Recently enacted health reform strengthened the Medicare trust fund, expanding its life by more than a decade. The Affordable Care Act also will improve care across the board, reduce fraud, and finally close the hole in Medicare drug coverage known as the “donut hole.” As of 2011, seniors are eligible for free coverage for certain preventive services.

HELPING AMERICANS SAVE FOR RETIREMENT
Democrats want to make it easier for all Americans to participate in retirement accounts at work and support a system where employees have pension portability, so workers don’t lose their pension if they change jobs.

Recent Updates
  • Voucher Care isn’t welcome in Iowa

    Today is momentous for Caroline: It's her first day as a Medicare beneficiary. So when Paul Ryan comes to her hometown of Dubuque today, Caroline's going to be doing a little campaigning of her own—because the future of Medicare is at stake in this election.

    Today is momentous for Caroline: It's her first day as a Medicare beneficiary. So when Paul Ryan comes to her hometown of Dubuque today, Caroline's going to be doing a little campaigning of her own—because the future of Medicare is at stake in this election.

    If elected, Romney and Ryan would turn Medicare into a voucher program that would put seniors at the mercy of insurance companies and could even raise their health care costs by $6,400 a year on average. That doesn't sit well with Caroline, who says, "It's obscene to consider vouchers as an option for people who have worked their whole life to be part of the system."

    So as a neighborhood team leader at OFA Iowa, Caroline's urging people—young and old—to get out and vote, and since they're in Iowa, vote early. Because even if a voter thinks he's too young to care about Medicare, she wants them to realize that "one medical diagnosis, one job loss, one catastrophic thing could change everything. Everything is at stake." That's true for Caroline: Her son has a pre-existing condition, and this election comes down to choosing a President who believes in good, affordable health care for all Americans—not emergency rooms. Another son is in the military, so this election comes down to re-electing a commander-in-chief who's fighting for Caroline's son as hard as he is fighting for his country.

    That's why she's going to work as hard as she can for the next 36 days—because "this isn't about Barack Obama. This is about a generation."

    Gotta Vote

  • Boo.

    Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan plan to turn Medicare into a voucher system and repeal Obamacare. Boo.

    Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan plan to turn Medicare into a voucher system and repeal Obamacare. Boo.

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Recent Action
Protecting Medicare payments and helping preserve employee pensions
Democrats passed the Preservation of Access to Care for Medicare Beneficiaries and Pension Relief Act to reduce the potential for Medicare fraud and help employer pensions suffering from the recession.
Improving opportunities and government services for the disabled
The Recovery Act included additional support for the Individuals with Disabilities Act for vocational rehabilitation services to help with job training, education, and placement and helped reduce the log jam in processing disability applications.
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