I stand firm in my belief that we must not allow Social Security and Medicare to be privatized or compromised. Our current economic challenges must not be used as an excuse to dismantle these critical programs, which allow our seniors to live their lives with dignity. The Social Security trust fund is solvent and we must keep our promise to seniors by ensuring that it remains that way. There are sensible reforms that can be made to strengthen and stabilize these programs while protecting and preserving Medicare and Social Security for current and future recipients. For example, eliminating Medicare fraud and permitting Medicare to negotiate drug prices are two ways to save money without taking benefits away from seniors. Further, raising the payroll tax cap on wages is an alternative that protects beneficiaries while bolstering the trust fund.