Congressman John Garamendi believes every American deserves the right to retire with dignity. He is resolutely opposed to all efforts to privatize Social Security, dismantle Medicare, and defund Medicaid/MediCal.
Garamendi believes that one can measure the greatness of a society in how it treats its seniors. The men and women who spent decades building the foundations of America must be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve in their golden years. Garamendi has repeatedly voted for policies to help seniors.
The Patient's Bill of Rights found in the Affordable Care Act includes additional benefits in Medicare, including free preventative and wellness screenings to diagnose and treat serious health concerns early. It also ends the costly Medicare Part D prescription drug donut hole by 2020 while offering immediate relief to make prescription drugs more affordable.
There’s still more work to be done, and Congressman Garamendi is urging Congress to act to improve support for seniors by:
- Allowing prescription drugs to imported from Canada and other countries with robust safety standards;
- Allowing Medicare to directly negotiate drug prices;
- Expanding Medicare to include dental and vision coverage;
Garamendi also recently hosted seven senior center conversations throughout the 3rd District, connecting seniors with service providers who can help them in areas ranging from fraud prevention to meal deliveries to transportation to health services.
Seniors - and every American who hopes to one day retire - can be confident that Congressman Garamendi stands with them.