Congressman Brad Sherman

Representing the 30th District of CALIFORNIA

Social Security and Medicare


Social Security Solvency:
In the face of the coming retirement of the baby boom generation, some are suggesting that we abandon our 50-year promise and propose schemes to "privatize" Social Security. Sherman opposed these schemes, and cosponsored legislation preventing them, because he believes it would be irresponsible to replace a guarantee with a gamble, especially in today's market.
Allowing people to opt out of the Social Security system and play the stock market can have disastrous consequences for those who are imprudent or simply unlucky.

Physician Access for Medicare Beneficiaries:
In July 2008, President Bush vetoed the Medicare Improvements Act designed to prevent a 10.6% pay-cut to doctors who treat Medicare patients, and to improve coverage of preventive health care. Sherman helped to override the President’s veto, and pass this bill into law.

Deficit Reduction and Social Security:
Sherman cosponsored legislation to prohibit the federal government from borrowing from Social Security to balance our federal budget.

Fighting Medicare Fraud
Sherman supported the Affordable Care Act (HR 3590) which contains tough new tools to prevent, detect and take strong enforcement action against fraud in Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, as well as private insurance.  Congressional Republicans have pledged to repeal these tools.

More on Social Security and Medicare

Dec 1, 2011

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Oct 6, 2011

SHERMAN OAKS, CA – On Tuesday, September 27th, Congressman Brad Sherman (D – Sherman Oaks) hosted a Town Hall meeting at The Village at Sherman Oaks, a senior living community located at 5450 Vesper Ave. 

Apr 6, 2011

Washington, DC -- Congressman Brad Sherman released the following statement concerning the Republican plan to seriously undermine Medicare benefits.

“Earlier this week the House Republican leader on budget issues, Chairman Paul Ryan, released the budget plan of Republicans in the House of Representatives. The plan slashes corporate tax rates and pays for it by slashing Medicare. I agree with the AARP’s condemnation of the proposal.”

The AARP stated on April 5:

Mar 15, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) released the results of his Federal Issues Questionnaire. The questionnaire was mailed out to approximately 80,000 households in the San Fernando Valley. Thousands of responses have poured into Congressman Sherman’s Washington, DC office since January of this year.

Congressman Sherman surveyed constituents about various issues including health insurance reform and climate change.

Feb 25, 2010

By Congressman Brad Sherman

We need to eliminate waste and abuse so our scarce tax dollars can help provide quality education for our children and protect Social Security and Medicare. That’s why I helped lead the fight against bailing out Wall Street, and why I am currently helping to lead the effort to get all our money back from Wall Street and prevent future bailouts.

However, my chief priority is to get our economy moving again so there are quality jobs in the San Fernando Valley. Here are some ways I am working to improve the well-being of Valley families:

Feb 22, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC – On Sunday, February 21st, Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) hosted a town hall at Reseda High School, fielding questions from some of the approximately 800 hundred constituents who attended.

Sherman has held over 100 town halls since coming to Congress. In January, Congressman Sherman conducted a Telephone Town Hall with nearly 5,000 Valley residents.

Dec 7, 2009

Washington, D.C. - On Sunday, December 6th, Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) hosted a town hall at John Burroughs High School, fielding questions from some of the nearly four hundred constituents who attended.

Sherman has held over 100 town halls and filled several hundred seats at the John Burroughs High School auditorium on Sunday. This was the first town hall Sherman has held at the school and his second public meeting with constituents following the historic health care vote in September.

Sep 23, 2009

By Congressman Brad Sherman

Only part of my job is working on the floor of the House of Representatives, and in the Foreign Affairs, Financial Services, and Judiciary Committees.  An equally important part of my job is my work here in the San Fernando Valley, communicating with Valley residents and helping to resolve problems that people are having with federal agencies.  

Jan 30, 2009

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) hosted a telephone town hall yesterday evening, fielding questions from a number of the thousands of constituents who participated from the comfort of their own homes.