Health Care and Social Security
Affordable Health Care for All Americans & Social Security
Congressman Blumenauer is a strong advocate of health care reform to and believes we must continue to work towards bringing down health care costs while delivering better, more efficient care.
As a member of the Committee on Ways and Means, which has jurisdiction over Medicare policy, he has supported efforts to extend coverage to under- and un-insured people; strengthen consumer protections and benefits for our most vulnerable citizens; protect and improve Medicare and Medicare Advantage; and improve the delivery of care to all. He promotes investments and innovations in medical research and is working to maximize the medical and societal benefits from that research.
Oregon has a history of providing different models for quality health care. During his time in office, Congressman Blumenauer has met with over 3,000 stakeholders from around Oregon through regular health care roundtables to understand what Oregon does right. He champions these Oregon initiatives at the federal level to support a model of care that better coordinates services, transforming our system to one that proactively promotes health and wellness.
Congressman Blumenauer is proud of his vote in favor of historic health care reform legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). This new law improves access, quality, and affordability of health care for all Americans.
It has become increasingly clear, however, that the ACA alone will not resolve health inequality or guarantee access to care. As a member of the Medicare for All Caucus, Congressman Blumenauer believes that ultimately the United States needs a truly universal, single-payer health care system to hurdle the biggest barriers to an ideal healthcare system—cost, quality and access. He’s helped introduce H.R. 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, which establishes a single-payer health care system.
Congressman Blumenauer believes that individuals should have the opportunity to participate actively in making decisions about their health care throughout their lives and receive care consistent with their values, goals, and informed preferences. Ideally, health care should work in sync with social, psychological, and spiritual support as the end of life approaches. Care near the end of life must be patient-centered and family-oriented.
Congressman Blumenauer is the founder and co-chair of the Congressional Neuroscience Caucus. Through the caucus, Members of Congress support funding quality neuroscience research, raising awareness of neuroscience breakthroughs and applications, and developing a better understanding of the impact of neuroscience on our society.
Congressman Blumenauer is a strong supporter of Medicare and has continually opposed Republican legislation that would diminish or “voucherize” Medicare benefits to seniors and people with disabilities.
Congressman Blumenauer has authored Medicare legislation to increase access to high-value services and lower cost-sharing for beneficiaries, and to improve care coordination for individuals with end-stage renal disease (ESRD).
Social Security protects the economic security of workers, retirees, and their families. More than any other federal program, Social Security reduces poverty and improves the standards of living for all Americans. More than 13 million senior citizens depend on their Social Security benefits, as do millions of children and families. Congressman Blumenauer sits on the Ways and Means Committee, which oversees the Social Security Administration and its programs, and is committed to protecting these vital benefits.
Many people do not realize how valuable Social Security is to them. Typically, an individual would have to save an additional $225,000 while working to replace the benefits Social Security provides in retirement. Without any changes, Social Security will be able to pay 100 percent of benefits until 2037. After that, however, Americans will have to make smart choices to ensure that the program continues to keep its promises, while avoiding future budget shortfalls and paying down the national debt.
In order to ensure the program is meeting the growing needs of today’s older Americans – as well as future generations, Congressman Blumenauer has helped introduce legislation which both increases the support Social Security provides to low wage and middle class workers and extends the solvency of the program. It does all this while reducing taxes on low and middle income families and ensuring that wealthy Americans pay their fair share.