Rob Quist recently met with citizens to discuss issues of interest to all Montanans: Social Security and Medicare.

Max Richtman, president and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, a national nonpartisan and nonprofit organization, traveled to Missoula to endorse Quist. This group sent questionnaires to both Quist and Greg Gianforte. Quist responded that he is “resolute” in his determination to protect Social Security and Medicare. Gianforte did not bother to respond. Perhaps he thought that he made his position clear during his campaign for governor, when he said that Noah built the ark at the age of 600 years and, “He wasn’t like, cashing Social Security checks, he wasn’t hanging out, he was working. So, I think we have an obligation to work.”

In Montana, over 236,000 individuals, 23 percent of our population, receive Social Security benefits, with most going to retirees and the balance to individuals with severe disabilities and widows and children.

Social Security and Medicare are essential programs for this and future generations. Rob Quist is committed to keeping these programs solvent and out of the hands of for-profit corporations. Rob Quist deserves our support and will represent us well in Washington.

Jacelyn Wedell,

Missoula

Missoulian, 4/23/17