A tireless leader Wisconsin can trust to fight for jobs and stand up for middle class families, workers and small business.
Tammy Baldwin was raised by her grandparents and learned the value Medicare and Social Security hold at a young age. She understands America’s seniors expect nothing more than to retire with dignity and security. That’s why she opposes Republican plans to fund tax cuts for the wealthy by cutting Social Security and Medicare. When it comes to Social Security benefits, Tammy is committed to protecting them — not privatizing them — just as she is committed to preserving and strengthening Medicare, not ending it as we know it.
For decades, Medicare and Social Security have been fundamental pillars of middle class security in America. Unlike her opponents, who will force cuts to Medicare and Social Security while letting millionaires and big corporations off the hook, Tammy is opposed to placing the burden of reducing our deficit on Wisconsin’s seniors. She opposes the Ryan budget plan, which would end Medicare as we know it, while giving tax breaks to the wealthiest people in the country.
During their working years, Wisconsinites contribute to Social Security in exchange for a promise that they will receive an income in retirement. They worked for it, they paid for it — they earned it. That is why Tammy has fought to protect the Social Security trust fund from being raided in order to give tax cuts for the wealthy and in 2001, when the country had a budget surplus, she voted for extending the solvency of the Social Security and Medicare programs.
Tammy fought to strengthen Medicare for 930,000 Wisconsinites. The health care law filled gaps and improved coverage for every single person with Medicare. In fact, the Affordable Care Act extended the life of the Medicare Trust Fund by eight years at the same time that it is bringing new benefits to Wisconsin seniors. People with Medicare are also guaranteed free preventive care — care seniors need to stay healthy. Last year alone, almost 650,000 seniors in Wisconsin were treated with a preventive service under Medicare — with no out-of-pocket cost.