U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, the frontrunner in the race for governor, earned the endorsement today from the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare at a joint press conference with the Democratic candidate for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District Emily Cain in Auburn.
 
“The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare is endorsing Mike Michaud to be Maine’s next governor because the stakes are so high and the differences between the candidates could not be clearer. Congressman Michaud has spent the last 12 years in the U.S. House of Representatives fighting to protect the earned benefits of Maine’s 314,000 Social Security beneficiaries and 276,000 Medicare participants,” said Max Richtman, president and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. “And as governor, Mike Michaud will battle to expand Medicaid to nearly 70,000 uninsured Mainers because it is the compassionate thing to do and because accepting extra federal funds makes fiscal sense.” 
 
Michaud has made issues important to Maine seniors a top priority throughout his time in office, including making prescription drugs less expensive for Maine seniors and protecting Social Security and Medicare. He’s fought against efforts to privatize Social Security, turn Medicare into a voucher program and calculate cost-of-living adjustments for federal programs like Social Security and VA benefits through use of the Chained Consumer Price Index.
 
“Maine seniors deserve to know that they have a governor who has their back, which is why I’m so proud to earn today’s endorsement from the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare,” Michaud said. “Maine has one of the oldest populations in the country. This poses serious challenges as well as significant opportunities. We must do everything we can to protect Social Security, Medicare and other important benefits and programs that support Maine seniors, which is why I have opposed efforts to privatize Social Security and turn Medicare into a voucher program. And as governor, I will continue to support these programs and fight for aging-in-place initiatives for Maine seniors and efforts to lower the cost of prescription drugs as the next governor of Maine.”
 
Michaud’s support of important issues impacting Maine seniors stands in stark contrast to his opponent, Gov. Paul LePage, who has tried to eliminate Maine’s prescription drugs for the elderly program, proposed cuts to important programs like “Meals on Wheels” and called Social Security and Medicare “welfare, pure and simple” this summer. 

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