By TIM ROWDEN
David Meinell, president of the Missouri Alliance for Retired Americans, joined Claire McCaskill in St. Louis recently to announce the group’a endorsement of Senator McCaskill for re-election to the U.S. Senate, citing her commitment to protecting Social Security and Medicare and helping retirees lead dignified and meaningful lives.
“Senator Claire McCaskill has been a tireless advocate on behalf of retirees everywhere, and we are proud endorse her for re-election,” Meinell said. “Her dedication to protecting Social Security and Medicare has been crucial to helping seniors lead lives of dignity, personal and family fulfillment and security.”
The Alliance tracks senators’ and representatives’ voting records and Meinell said McCaskill has a 100 percent record on seniors’ issues.
Her Republican opponent, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley has joined a lawsuit with 17 other states’ attorneys general and two Republican governors that would reopen the Medicare Part D “donut hole,” increasing prescription drug costs for some seniors, and has also refused to say whether he supports cuts to Medicare and Social Security or raising the retirement age.
“Missouri seniors have worked hard, paid their taxes, and earned their Social Security and Medicare benefits,” McCaskill said. “I am proud of the work I’ve done with my colleagues across the aisle to strengthen these critical programs and lower the cost of prescription drugs. The last thing Missouri seniors need is Josh Hawley’s lawsuit, which could raise prescription drugs costs for some seniors. They don’t deserve that, and I’m going to fight it tooth and nail.”
RECORD OF STANDING UP FOR RETIREES
McCaskill has a record of standing up for retirees in the Senate. She strongly opposes privatizing Social Security and Medicare, and has fought Republican budget cuts to the programs. She introduced legislation to ensure that Missourians receive their full retirement benefits, and her bipartisan bill to increase competition and lower the cost of prescription drugs was signed into law by President Trump earlier this year.