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Thursday, July 13, 2017

AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on Medicare and Social Security Trustee Reports

WASHINGTON — 

AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement on the Medicare and Social Security Trustee Reports:

“Medicare and Social Security represent a sacred promise – if you work hard your whole life, you can retire with dignity. Today’s trustee reports show that both programs are stable and solvent, with the ability to continue providing older Americans and people with disabilities with the benefits they need. The Affordable Care Act further strengthened these programs, Medicare in particular, and our elected officials should not get in the way of this success.

“Unfortunately, the current Senate bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would weaken Medicare solvency. When it comes to Social Security and Medicare, Congress should learn from the ethos of dedicated health care professionals across the country: First, do no harm.”

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