Most seniors in West Virginia and across the country rely on Social Security and Medicare as an important part of their economic security in retirement.

Our seniors have earned Social Security and Medicare benefits through a lifetime of hard work, and Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito has worked to protect and shore up these important safety net programs for West Virginia’s seniors. Shelley has steadfastly opposed President Obama’s cuts to the Medicare Advantage program, as well as former President George W. Bush’s proposal to privatize Social Security.

Future generations of Americans deserve to know that we will keep our promise of Social Security and Medicare, but we must address the shaky fiscal footing of these crucial programs. Medicare’s Hospital Insurance Trust Fund will be bankrupt by 2024 and will only have incoming funds to pay for less than 75 percent of promised benefits after that date. By the middle of the next decade, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and interest on the debt are projected to consume 100 percent of federal government revenues.

As our population ages, the cost of entitlement programs will impact our nation’s ability to provide promised benefits, maintain important investments in other national security and infrastructure, and keep taxes at affordable, reasonable rates for middle-class families. 

Shelley strongly believes that strengthening Social Security and Medicare for future generations is an important part of providing economic security both for our nation and for future seniors. As Congress discusses proposals related to these programs, Shelley will work to protect current seniors from any reduction in benefits.  

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