State of Hawaii Archives: on Social Security


Mark Takai: Keep our promises; raise the payroll tax cap

I will not support any plan that ends Social Security or Medicare as we know it by eliminating guaranteed benefits. Turning Medicare into a voucher system will force people to fight with insurance companies over what treatments may or may not be covered. This will only result in higher costs for prescription medication and will cost the average senior thousands of dollars more per year, forcing them to make terrible trade-offs over life-saving treatment.

Social Security benefits are a promise the U.S. government made to every American who pays in to the system and needs to be safeguarded for future generations. If you earn less than $117,000, you pay over 10 times the Social Security tax rate of someone who earns $1.2 million a year. By fixing that unfairness, we can shore up the Social Security Trust Fund for many more generations.

Source: 2014 Hawaii House campaign website, MarkTakai.com Nov 4, 2014

David Ige: Double the governor's request for Kupuna Care

The Ige Administration will support our growing senior population and their families. By 2030 nearly 25% of Hawai'i's population will be 65 years of age or older. We will seek to help kupuna remain as independent as possible so they can continue to live in their homes rather than in an institution. This will enable our kupuna to age in place with dignity, and with love and support from their families and communities.

The 2014 Legislature provided $9 million for Kupuna Care--double the amount requested by the Governor--but this does not meet the huge demand for services, like meal delivery, transportation, and respite services for caregivers. Legislation enacted this year expands eligibility for Kupuna Care to Medicaid recipients, although Medicaid recipients already qualify for similar services, and expanding eligibility makes a small pot of money even smaller. I will propose legislation that ensures Medicaid recipients receive services equivalent to those available through Kupuna Care.

Source: 2014 Hawaii gubernatorial campaign website DavidIge.org Aug 9, 2014

Charles Djou: Never renege on our promises & commitment to our seniors

The federal government has an obligation to honor the commitment it has made to our nation's citizens who have been paying into Social Security their whole life and are nearing retirement age. I have never and will never support reneging on our commitment to our seniors.

Social Security, Medicare and other entitlement programs need to be protected, not abused and exploited. Frequent borrowing from social security to pay for today's "priorities" has bankrupted the program.

We must keep the promises that have been made to our seniors. We cannot let Social Security go bankrupt. Social Security is sound for today's seniors and for those nearing retirement, but it needs to be fixed for our children. We must act soon, because every year that we wait to fix this problem we will burden future generations.

I support President Obama's suggested reforms for entitlements and believe this should be the basic foundation for fixing Social Security for the next generation.

Source: 2014 Hawaii gubernatorial campaign website, Djou.com Dec 20, 2013

John Carroll: Allow personal retirement accounts

Q: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?

A: Yes

Source: VoteSmart 2012 Hawaii Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

Daniel Akaka: Social Security privatization is a risky investment scheme

I oppose Bush’s privatization proposal. It turns a guaranteed benefit into a risky investment scheme. Social Security has served as an important safety net for a long time, and I view the continuation of this program as a top priority. What’s happening now with the Bush administration privatizing the bill, privatization will not address Social Security-term fiscal challenges, which is a problem. And social security is something that we really need and need to continue to fund over the years.
Source: 2006 HI Senate Debate on PBS Hawaii Aug 31, 2006

Ed Case: Oppose Social Security privatization, lockbox the trust fund

Social Security will become insolvent inside of 10 years, meaning the revenues coming in from Social Security taxes will not be sufficient to cover the expenses going out. We’d be in pretty good shape if we’d only lockboxed the Social Security trust fund and not diverted all of those moneys into our general fund and spent it as part of that budget decline that I referenced earlier in my remarks. I have opposed his specific privatization proposal as I understand it.
Source: 2006 HI Senate Debate on PBS Hawaii Aug 31, 2006

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