September 26, 2016 From the Chair

Senior Voters and the Future of Social Security

The Hon. William D. Missouri


As autumn approaches this year it is apparent that we are just a few weeks away from the presidential election. It has certainly been an intriguing and controversial campaign. This month’s Voice of Experience is the elections issue. Donald Trump at age 70 and Hillary Clinton 68 (she will turn 69 on October 26) are both seniors but where do they stand on the vital issues of aging that impact seniors such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid? In two compilations, Clinton and Seniors and Trump and Seniors; we are provided a brief overview of the presidential candidates’ positions on some of the issues.

John "Jack" Hardin Young has provided the above listed compilation on our two presidential candidates. Jack, the Chair-Elect of the Senior Lawyers Division, is a partner at Sandler, Reiff, Lamb, Rosenstein & Birkenstock where he focuses on election law, including regulatory policy, corporate litigation, and dispute resolution. He is also an adjunct professor of international and comparative election law at The College of William & Mary Law School.

Both of our senior citizen presidential candidates have addressed the issues that are discussed during news programs and late-night TV shows. Number one on the discussion list is Social Security. Secretary Clinton, as reflected in the overview provided by Jack, opines that Social Security should be expanded for those who need it most. And she favors preserving the system into the future by asking the wealthiest citizens to make a greater contribution into it.

Mr. Trump also favors the continuation of Social Security because, according to the information Jack provides, he considers it a deal that must be honored. He is quoted as saying, "It’s not unreasonable for people who paid into a system for decades to expect to get their money’s worth – that’s not an 'entitlement,' that’s honoring a deal." So even though the candidates approach the Social Security issue differently, they both seem to agree that Social Security should continue to be available for those who rely upon it.

The candidates differ, however, regarding another hallmark issue, healthcare. Secretary Clinton would, according to the fact sheet provided, defend and expand the Affordable Care Act; but Mr. Trump considers the Affordable Care Act – Obama Care – to be an economic burden on the American people and says it should be repealed.

On a personal note, it seems to me necessary for all informed voters to learn as much as they can about the two candidate’s positions on all issues that they consider important to the well-being of our great country.

I have considered every presidential election, since I first voted, to be an important one and I have the same view of this year’s presidential election. Frankly, all elections are important to me since I grew up in a segregated South Carolina where the right to vote was not guaranteed. But once the impediment to cast a vote was lifted, I was determined to exercise my right whenever I had the opportunity to do so. I will follow that course this year and encourage all to do likewise.

I invite every one back next month when the Voice of Experience’s issue will be dedicated to, “Cashing Out – Get the Most for Your Practice.” In the meantime, I request that new SLD members advise me of the committee(s) on which you have an interest in serving.

Respectfully with best regards,
William D. Missouri, Chair

The Hon. William D. Missouri