CHARLESTON, WV — Today, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM) announced its endorsement of U.S. Senator Joe Manchin. The NCPSSM is an advocacy group for seniors that focuses on protecting Social Security and Medicare.

Manchin earned a 100% rating from the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare for his voting record to protect West Virginia seniors. NCPSSM wants seniors to know that Joe Manchin has always supported older West Virginians in the United States Senate. West Virginia has 473,398 people who count on Social Security, which adds a total of $7 billion each year to the state’s economy.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey supports plans to privatize Social Security and gut Medicare. When Morrisey ran for Congress in New Jersey, he endorsed privatizing Social Security (Associated Press, 5/15/00). Morrisey has supported exploding federal deficits that would put Medicare and Social Security on the chopping block.

“Seniors and those nearing retirement can trust Joe Manchin to continue fighting to protect Social Security and Medicare,” said Max Richtman, the President and CEO of the NCPSSM. “Manchin is the clear choice for seniors in this election because he has a proven record of making sure that West Virginians can retire with dignity. Patrick Morrisey has shown us his agenda by supporting plans to privatize Social Security and undermine Medicare.”

If Morrisey had his way, he would derail the health care law that is saving the average Medicare beneficiary about $4,200 per year, making prescription drugs more affordable and covers preventative services for seniors with no deductible or co-pay.

“Medicare and Social Security are on the ballot this year because politicians like Pat Morrisey don’t understand how important these programs are for West Virginia seniors,” said U.S. Senator Joe Manchin. “I’ll never stop fighting to make sure West Virginia seniors have a secure retirement, and that Medicare and Social Security will be protected.”

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