Leaders of both parties in Congress agree changes are needed to Social Security and Medicare. The disagreement comes over what changes should be made.
Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer, a Republican, says she wants to make sure both programs continue for those who depend on them.
“I’ve said throughout my campaign and made a pledge to our seniors that that program will be there for them,” Fischer says. “The government made a promise, made a commitment and the government needs to honor their promises and commitments.”
Fischer says both Social Security and Medicare have to change if they are going to survive.
“Those programs need to be made safe, they need to be secured and in order to do that, they’re going to have to be reformed,” Fischer says. “Changes are going to take place but I don’t know of anyone who is talking about changing these programs where they would harm any seniors who are currently on them.”
Fischer says she would favor changing some of the requirements for both entitlement programs, like changing the age at which a person becomes eligible.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton