As the midterm elections approach, the future of Social Security and Medicare — the two bedrock American programs we depend on later in life and whose benefits we earn by paying in with every paycheck — are on the line.
If nothing is done, Social Security will cut benefits by about 20 percent in 2034 and Medicare won’t be able to pay full hospital benefits within eight years.
Add to that the ever-skyrocketing expense of our already costliest-in-the-world prescription drugs and the increased stress family caregivers face as the huge Baby Boomer generation ages and it becomes clear that older New Yorkers need action from Washington.
Whoever wins the crucial midterm election between Rep. Elise Stefanik and challenger Tedra Cobb, a strong turnout by voters 50 and over would send a clear signal that our representative must get to work shoring up and strengthening these critical programs and addressing a looming family caregiver crisis.
Support for doing so is nearly universal among 50-plus voters regardless of party, AARP polls of battleground House districts and states show. So as AARP is encouraging, “Be The Difference. Vote” next month.
David McNally, AARP New York Director of Government Affairs and Advocacy, Olmstedville