Seniors

SENIORS:

40 Years Trying to Dismantle Social Security and Medicare

McClintock on Social Security:

“If Social Security is allowed to continue…many innocent people are going to suffer.”

Tom McClintock [Thousand Oaks News Chronicle]

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Tom McClintock represents nearly 275,000 people who are at or near the retirement age (age 55 and above).

Yet for 40 years, he has worked to take away Social Security, Medicare and other benefits that seniors have earned and paid for through a lifetime of work.

  • McClintock has demanded that Social Security be dismantled and privatized since the 1970’s—calling the current system “morally bankrupt,” “an unstable and dangerous gimmick1,” “another injustice,” and “theft2.” In Congress, he’s twice voted to raise the retirement age to 703, proposed a 2019 budget to cut $259 billion from Social Security4, and voted to enable Social Security disability benefits to be slashed as much as 19 percent5. Even in the midst of the COVID 19 Pandemic, he’s voiced support for tax schemes that would weaken Social Security and jeopardize its ability to deliver for future retirees6.
  • McClintock has also voted for eight budgets7 that would “essentially end” Medicare by imposing hundreds of billions of dollars in cuts, and replace the program’s current guaranteed benefits with private insurance vouchers that would make it harder for seniors to retain their doctor and dramatically increase their out of pocket healthcare costs8. Additionally, McClintock has voted against legislation that would enable Medicare to negotiate lower prices on prescription drugs9, and has voted 18 times10 to increase seniors’ Medicare Part D prescription costs by thousands of dollars each year.
  • McClintock has also supported nearly a trillion dollars in cuts to Medicaid, which more than 2300 seniors in his district rely on to pay for things like nursing home care11. And he supported a proposal to cut a food assistance program that serves millions of California seniors each year.12
  • Even prior to his election to Congress, McClintock voted against a state law that would have strengthened Social Security13. He also voted against a state prescription drug benefit14, against measures to improve care at long term health facilities15, and against income and property tax relief for seniors16.

[1] Thousand Oaks News Chronicle, 8/18/77
[2] Thousand Oaks News Chronicle, 8/29/79
[ 3] Congressional Record, H. Con. Res 25, Vote #86, 3/20/13; H Con Res 71, Vote #555, 10/5/17
[4] Center for a Responsible Federal Budget, 4/27/18
[5] Congressional Record, H Res 5, Vote #6, 1/6/15; Politico, 1/20/15
[6] https://www.mymotherlode.com/news/local/1031979/mcclintock-argues-for-payroll-tax-holiday.html; https://www.mercedsunstar.com/news/article244930762.html
[7] The Congressional Record, H Con Res 71, Vote #557, 10/5/17; H. Con Res. 27, Vote #142, 3/25/15; H Con Res 96, Vote #177, 4/10/14; H. Con. Res, 25, Vote #88, 3/21/13; H. Con. Res 25, Vote #86, 3/20/13; H. Con. Res 112, Vote #151, 3/29/12; H. Con. Res. 34, Vote #277, 4/15/11; H. Con. Res. 85, Vote #191, 4/2/09
[8] McClatchy-Tribune News Service, 4/5/11; ncpssm.org, 6/15/12; The Hill, 3/15/13; National Journal, 3/10/13; Los Angeles Times, 4/1/14; AARP Press Release, 4/1/14; National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare, 3/17/15; Associated Press, 10/5/17
[9] Congressional Record, HR 3, Vote 682, 12/12/19
[10] The Congressional Record, HR 2, Vote #14, 1/19/11; H Con Res 34, Vote #275, 4/15/11; H Con Res 34, Vote #277, 4/15/11; H Con Res 112, Vote #149, 3/29/12; H Con Res 112, Vote #151, 3/29/12; HR 6079, Vote #460, 7/11/12; H Con Res 25, Vote #86, 3/20/13; H Con Res 25, Vote #88, 3/21/13; HR 45, Vote #154, 5/16/13; H Con Res 96, Vote #175, 4/10/14; H Con Res 96, Vote #177, 4/10/14; HR 596, Vote #58, 2/3/15; H Con Res 27, Vote #138, 3/25/15; H. Con Res. 27, Vote #142, 3/25/15; S Con Res 11, Vote #183, 4/30/15; HR 3762, Vote #568, 10/23/15; HR 3762, Vote #6, 1/6/16; HR 3762, Vote #53, 2/2/16
[11] The Congressional Record, HR 1628, Vote #256, 5/4/17; New York Times, 3/15/17; Center for American Progress, 5/25/17
[12] Fox Business, 5/26/17; USA Today, 3/18/17; Meals on Wheels, accessed 7/12/18
[13] AB 1060, 5/19/83
[14] AB 757, CA GA, Vote 6/4/99
[15] SB 1082, CA GA, Vote 9/7/99; AB 1133, CA GA, Vote 8/25/88
[16] AB 1697, CA GA, Vote 5/24/99; AB 2797, CA GA, 8/11/98

Tom McClintock has failed our seniors on social security for over 40 years