Today in a virtual event, the Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans announced that businesswoman Theresa Greenfield has earned their endorsement for the U.S. Senate, due to her personal commitment to protecting and strengthening Social Security and Medicare for all Iowans, expanding access to affordable health care, and bringing down the cost of prescription drugs.
Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans is a nonpartisan advocacy organization that aims to educate the public and elected officials about issues that affect the well-being of retirees and senior citizens to create just and equitable living conditions for all.
Theresa has recently participated and answered questions in two candidate forums that the Iowa Alliance hosted focused on Medicare, Social Security, and economic justice for women. Senator Ernst was invited to participate in the forums, but she “declined” the invitations, according to the Iowa Alliance.
“Theresa Greenfield knows first hand how important the promise of Social Security is. We know that Greenfield will work to protect and expand the Social Security that Iowans depend on,” said Mike McCarthy, President of Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans. “We know we can also count on her to show up for older and retired Iowans. Not only does Senator Joni Ernst vote against us in Washington, she declined to attend both of our recent nonpartisan forums to answer questions about her failed record of Social Security and Medicare.”
“I’m honored to have the support of the Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans,” said Theresa Greenfield. “The fight to protect Social Security is close to my heart. I am reminded daily that I wouldn’t be where I am if Social Security survivor benefits hadn’t given my family a hand up when we needed it most. In the Senate, I’ll work to bring down prescription drug costs, expand access to health care for all Iowans, and strengthen Social Security for generations of hardworking families. I’ll fight to protect the promise of a secure retirement and make sure that everyone can turn to these critical benefits when it’s most important.”
Theresa is committed to protecting the earned benefits Iowans rely on, like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. After the death of her first husband, a union electrical worker, Theresa turned to Social Security survivor benefits, as well as hard-earned union benefits and support from friends and family, to care for her two young boys and get back on her feet.
Meanwhile, Senator Ernst, who has talked about privatizing Social Security since at least 2014, voted for a corporate tax giveaway that threatens Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, pushed a paid leave proposal that “smashes open” the Social Security lockbox, and proposed gutting Social Security “behind closed doors.”