Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi came to Binghamton Monday to hear from local seniors what issues concern them the most.
The Democratic candidate for New York’s 22nd Congressional District visited the Johnson City Senior Center today to discuss his views on Social Security and Medicare.
Brindisi says the Republican tax cuts disproportionately benefit the wealthy and are creating pressure on the federal government to raid the social security and Medicare trust funds.
Aside from protecting those funds, he would like to gradually raise the cap on how much wealthy individuals pay into social security.
And he’d like to allow Medicare to be able to negotiate drug prices with the pharmaceutical companies.
“One of the things that bothers me more than anything is when I hear people in Washington refer to Social Security or Medicare as an entitlement program. It’s not. It’s an earned benefit. It’s a promise that was made and it’s a promise that should be kept. When I’m in office, hands off Medicare, hands off Social Security so that it will be solvent into the future for many generations to be able to live on,” said Brindisi.
The 20 people who met with Brindisi were interested in far more than just traditional senior issues.
They also asked the candidate for his views on climate change, the national debt, immigration, the Russia investigation, college debt and gun control.