Assembly Supports Bonta Measure To Strengthen Social Security, Medicare, And Medicaid

Monday, April 1, 2013

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today, the Assembly approved Assemblymember Rob Bonta’s (D-Oakland) first Resolution, Assembly Joint Resolution 7 (AJR 7), which urges Congress and President Obama to strengthen Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid through the policy process and exclude them from the sequester cuts. Bonta made the following statement after the measure passed:

“Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid represent three critical pillars of our social service safety net. After 76 years, Social Security remains actuarially sound, with a trust fund that is expected to peak at roughly $3.1 trillion in 2020. This will allow the federal government to continue full payments until 2033, when benefits would fall to 75%. At that point, cuts can be avoided with just a few changes that have elicited broad support from the American public.

“The other legs of the safety net—Medicare and Medicaid—provide critical healthcare services for millions of Californians. Medicare covers 5 million elderly or disabled Californians while roughly 14 million Californians are Medi-Cal beneficiaries, including the elderly, disabled, indigent, and many children.
“As we approach the so-called Silver Tsunami, it is time to embrace these popular and fundamental components of our social services safety net that protect and serve the most vulnerable in our society when they need it most—the sick, the elderly, the poor, and our children. AJR 7 stands up for the health and economic security of the more than 15 million Californians who benefit from Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
“AJR 7 reflects our values as a state. It reflects our commitment to health and retirement security. It reflects our commitment to the vital social service safety net. And it reflects our commitment to our children, our seniors, the poor, and the sick,” concluded Bonta.

AJR 7 now heads to the State Senate.

Assemblymember Rob Bonta represents the 18th Assembly District, which includes Oakland, Alameda and San Leandro. He is the Chair of the Assembly Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security Committee.