Aimee Belgard on Social Security and Medicare

One of the most important issues distinguishing Aimee Belgard and her opponent in the NJ-3 Congressional Race is that of the future of Social Security and Medicare.

Today in Willingboro, Phil Rotondi of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare announced his group’s endorsement of Aimee Belgard.

Belgard understands that earned benefits like Social Security and Medicare are part of a complex economic system that makes this country run. In her remarks, she points out how passing the Paycheck Fairness Act and paying a fair minimum wage would make earned benefit systems solvent for decades to come.

According to Rotondi, there are 166,000 recipients of Social Security in the Third Congressional District. Lest you think that the viability of Social Security is an issue for seniors only, Rotondi pointed out that within the district, 21,000 disabled people are receiving basic aid; 16,000 widows and widowers, and 11,000 children are also benefiting.

He also pointed out that the median income of Medicare recipients is only $23,000; for women the number drops to $16,000. People shouldn’t be forced to choose between putting food on the table and life-saving medical care.

Further illustrating Tom MacArthur’s disdain for average people who have paid into these benefit systems, Rotondi mentioned that the MacArthur campaign did not even respond to a survey or participate in an interview with his organization. Like our governor, it’s clear that Tom MacArthur only cares about the wealthy. He needs to be sent back home to North Jersey on Election Day.

Comments (3)

  1. keepitreal
  2. TomSW

    AARP produced a voters’ guide for candidates. Attached is a nice side-by-side contrast of the Belgard vs. MacArthur stances on Social Security, Medicare, and Financial Security.

    http://vote.aarp.org/pdf-race/

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  3. deciminyan (Post author)

    Phil Rotundi, political director of the National Committee to Protect Social Security and Medicare analyzes Tom MacArthur’s position.

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