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Joe Biden: The Most Pro-Seniors President in Over Half a Century [View all]


Joe Biden: The Most Pro-Seniors President in Over Half a Century
by Nancy Altman | June 13, 2024 - 5:36am

This week saw the launch of Seniors for Biden. The truth is that every senior should be a Senior for Biden. He has delivered for seniors in enormously consequential ways during his first term and will deliver even more if re-elected.

For years, politicians have talked about giving Medicare the power to negotiate lower prescription drug prices. Biden got it done. He took on Big Pharma and won. Thanks to Biden, out-of-pocket insulin costs have been capped at $35 per month, hearing aids are cheaper, and inhaler prices are lower.

He is an unwavering protector of Social Security and Medicare. In his 2023 State of the Union Address, Biden powerfully stood up to Republicans who want to cut Social Security and Medicare. Republicans were threatening to hold hostage an increase in the debt limit—legislation essential to avoid a worldwide economic crash—in exchange for benefit cuts. Biden stood strong and won.

In his 2024 State of the Union Address, Biden made it crystal clear that he would shut down any Republican attempts to create a closed-door commission to cut Social Security and Medicare: “If anyone here tries to cut Social Security or Medicare or raise the retirement age, I will stop them.”

But he’s gone further. Biden has endorsed Congressional efforts to expand both Social Security and Medicare, and he supports paying for those expansions by requiring billionaires and the uber-wealthy to pay their fair share.

Biden replaced the no-show Trump crony heading the Social Security Administration with a proven champion and leader who is successfully reducing wait times and backlogs, so that the American people can receive the first-class service they have paid for and deserve.

And that’s not all. The Biden-Harris administration has also proposed minimum staffing standards for nursing homes, worked to boost compensation and job quality for care workers, and fought to improve and expand care options. Moreover, the Biden-Harris administration has forced shady financial advisers to stop ripping off working people planning for retirement.


While the Biden-Harris administration’s record on senior issues is impeccable, Donald Trump’s return to the Presidency is an existential threat to our earned benefits. Social Security and Medicare are once again on the ballot, and the choice for seniors this November couldn’t be clearer.

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About author Nancy J. Altman has a thirty-five year background in the areas of Social Security and private pensions. She is co-director of Social Security Works and co-chair of the Strengthen Social Security coalition and campaign. She is the author of The Battle for Social Security: From FDR’s Vision to Bush’s Gamble (John Wiley & Sons, 2005) and co-author (with Eric Kingson) of Social Security Works! Why Social Security Isn't Going Broke and How Expanding It will Help Us All (The New Press, 2015).
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