Huffman Holds Town Hall in Ukiah on Protecting Social Security and Medicare

May 30, 2013

UKIAH, CA—Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) held a town hall today in Ukiah, California, on protecting Social Security and Medicare. Huffman discussed his efforts in Congress to preserve and protect America’s social safety net and took questions from constituents. Photos of the event will be located HERE.

Huffman was joined by Dr. Carroll Estes from the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, as well as Al Piombo of the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP). 

“Our seniors work hard all their lives and pay into Social Security and Medicare, and when they retire they count on the government to honor its end of the bargain,” Congressman Huffman said. “I heard from many concerned seniors at today’s town hall, and I intend to make sure our government keeps its promises to them.”

Huffman spoke about his efforts to protect Social Security and Medicare, including:

  • Huffman spoke out on the House Floor against a chained CPI, a proposed inflation formula for Social Security that would reduce benefits for seniors, on March 20, 2013.
  • On February 15, 2013, Huffman joined 106 House Democrats in sending a letter to President Obama urging him not to include the chained CPI in his budget proposal.
  • Huffman is a cosponsor of the Protecting and Preserving Social Security Act (H.R. 649). 
  • Huffman voted for the Van Hollen Amendment, which would have achieved substantial deficit reduction without reducing Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid benefits
  • In the Budget Committee markup on March 13, 2013, Huffman voted in support of an amendment that would have added a Sense of the House opposing Social Security privatization to the House Budget.