August 9, 2018
Sacramento – The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare has endorsed Dianne Feinstein’s campaign for re-election. With millions of members and supporters across America, the Committee is the nation’s second-largest grassroots citizens organization devoted to the retirement future for all citizens.
The Committee’s endorsement letter to Senator Feinstein follows:
August 9, 2018
The Honorable Dianne Feinstein c/o Feinstein for Senate 2018
P.O. Box 1270
Los Angeles, CA 90078
Dear Senator Feinstein:
The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, on behalf of its millions of members and supporters, including 176,748 California residents, enthusiastically endorses your re-election to the United States Senate. You earned the endorsement of the National Committee because you understand and support the critical roles that Social Security and Medicare play in the retirement and health security of our nation’s older citizens and their families. Our nation needs your continued leadership, vision and determination to fight for working families and older Americans.
You are a key ally in the effort to serve the needs of seniors and their families. You appreciate that Social Security benefits are modest, on average only $15,456 annually and even lower for women who most often have their working careers interrupted for family caregiving. You appreciate, too, that Social Security benefits are earned and that Social Security has not contributed one dime to the nation’s debt.
You recognize fully that Medicare is crucial to the health of older Americans, many of whom cannot afford higher out-of-pocket costs: One-half of all Medicare beneficiaries had incomes below $26,200 per person in 2016. Your stalwart support of efforts to ensure the solvency of the Social Security and the Medicare Hospital Insurance trust funds, to provide adequate funding to the Social Security Administration, to establish a meaningful Medicare prescription drug program, and your unflagging opposition to Social Security and Medicare privatization schemes are a matter of record. You are among the sponsors of the Patient Right to Know Act prohibiting prescription price “gag orders” on pharmacists. This important bill is endorsed by the National Committee. Your legislation amending the Internal Revenue Code to expand the premium assistance tax credit will assist individuals and families seeking to purchase much-needed health insurance coverage. And importantly, your work to eliminate the restriction on the Department of Health and Human Services to negotiate prescription drug prices must continue.
With a 100% rating on issues affecting seniors and their families, National Committee members and supporters want you in the United States Senate to continue protecting and enhancing Social Security and Medicare – the twin pillars necessary to a good quality of life for Americans of all ages. There is no membership in the nation more aware or active politically than the men and women who proudly are associated with the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. National Committee members know they can continue to count on you in the United States Senate!
President & CEO
Chairman, NCPSSM-PAC Board of Directors