Raphael Warnock in 2020 AARP Senate/House Voter Guide


On Budget & Economy: Social safety net is unique work of government

I think this extraordinary time we're living in underscores the importance of the social safety net. We have to make sure that the people who can't work have the benefits they need. We have to make sure that when people are unemployed, that unemployment insurance benefits are there. The last thing we want is seniors having to dip into their pensions in order to fend off poverty. This is the work that government can uniquely do.
Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Oct 7, 2020

On Health Care: Expand Medicaid, protect Medicare

One of the things that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought into sharper focus is the need for a healthcare ecosystem that embraces all citizens, particularly the most vulnerable. States like Georgia need to expand Medicaid, and we need to protect Medicare. I will stand up against any effort to raise the age of eligibility. We have to make sure that Medicare is there, providing affordable, accessible health care, and that we keep the price of prescription drugs within control.
Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Oct 7, 2020

On Health Care: Allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices

The high cost of prescription drugs is a sad example of the outsized influence of corporate interests in our politics. Not only has Big Pharma raised the price of generic drugs--in some cases tenfold--they've made it difficult for us to create a system in which generic drugs could lower the cost of prescriptions. Medicare ought to be able to negotiate for lower prescription drugs. The VA does this right now. It's cut the cost of prescription drugs in half. Why can't we do it for Medicare?
Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Oct 7, 2020

On Health Care: Expand Medicaid to help with long-term care services

We know that Medicaid is the biggest payer of long-term care services such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities. I will be working hard to expand Medicaid funding and to help our state leaders to see that we have to expand Medicaid here in Georgia. We've got to strengthen the Affordable Care Act so that we can ensure that our rural hospitals stay open, that we can hire long-term care workers and that people with preexisting conditions will have coverage.
Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Oct 7, 2020

On Social Security: Opposes raising retirement age or privatizing benefits

A budget is not just a fiscal document; it's a moral document. It says something about who we think is important and who's not. In that spirit, I will defend Social Security and Medicare. We've seen those in Washington willing to give trillion-dollar tax cuts to their corporate friends while sacrificing the future of Medicare and Social Security in the process. I'll stand up to that, and I'll stand up against any effort to raise the age for Social Security or to privatize its benefits
Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Oct 7, 2020

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