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Social Security & Medicare

Medicare was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson in Independence, MO on July 30, 1965. Debate over the program began two decades earlier when President Harry S. Truman sought from Congress legislation to develop a national healthcare plan. Medicare has come under attack over the past decade from conservative Republicans seeking to privatize the program for corporate shareholders rather than for citizen stakeholders.

The Affordable Care Act did not address the pre-existing condition clause attached to all Supplemental Medicare plans forcing Seniors, and those 50 and older on disability, to wait six months for coverage while paying high out of pocket costs. The Medicare Part D Prescription Drug costs have skyrocketed and a 5th Tier has been added to many plans forcing some to forgo the treatment their doctors prescribe.

Social Security has also been under attack and claims that the system is going bankrupt because the Baby Boomer generation has begun to retire remains a questionable theory. Texas remains one of 15 States that fall under the Windfall Elimination Provision that unfairly penalizes public servants who choose to work in the private sector and must forfeit a percentage of their Social Security Earned Benefit though they dedicated their lives to education or keeping us safe.

Finnigan will support Legislation for Texas to fully remove itself from providing it's own retirement pension plans for Teachers and other public servants that fall under the Windfall Elimination Provision. Finnigan will support the preservation of Social Security, Medicare, the negotiation of prescription drug pricing, and the elimination of the pre-existing condition clause on Supplemental Medicare plans.

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