GOP Will Cut Safety Net Programs Like Social Security, Medicare Out From Under Most Vulnerable

Marco Rubio was hoping to deflect attention on his failure to release his tax returns by talking about his mom’s reliance on Social Security, but that’s another trap for him to walk into.

In reality, Rubio, like Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, and others, has proven he’s ready to cut these important safety nets out from under the Americans who need them most, if it helps special interests like the Koch brothers. Not one of them has offered substantive solutions — only the same old, tired ideas that have failed the GOP again, and again, and again.

No matter who the Republican nominee is it’s certain that they’ll put millions of seniors and future retirees’ earned benefits at risk:

Ted Cruz would raise Social Security and Medicare’s eligibility ages. He’d move Medicare to a premium support system and threaten Social Security by shifting it to private accounts. As a bonus, Cruz would institute means-testing for both Security and Medicare.
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Marco Rubio Does The Kochs’ Work On Earned Benefits

Speaking with Anderson Cooper, Marco Rubio sounded like he’s prepared to personally bear the burden facing seniors if he cuts their earned benefits. In the past, he’s used more straightforward language about what he thinks: Social Security has “weakened us as a people.”

Seniors’ benefits are what’s being weakened in Rubio’s equation. He’s still scheming for Koch support this election by doing their bidding and proposing to cut Social Security and Medicare:

He would means-testSocial Security and raise the retirement age.
He would partially voucherize Medicare, by shifting the program to a premium-support systemthat would push retirees to private plans.

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Seniors Will Medicare About GOP Cutting Social Security And Medicare

With more than one million South Carolinians benefiting from Social Security and over 900,000 from Medicare, one would think Republicans would work to protect the programs and its benefits for seniors. Instead, almost everyone on the debate stage tonight would cut Social Security and Medicare benefits by raising the retirement age and partially voucherizing Medicare.

After all, GOP contenders like Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are still chasing Koch money, which is why they support one of the Koch brothers’ first policy demands to gut Social Security and Medicare.

Here’s how Republicans on stage would weaken Social Security and Medicare:

Ted Cruz would raise Social Security and Medicare’s eligibility ages. He’d move Medicare to a premium support system and threaten Social Security by shifting it to private accounts. As a bonus, Cruz would institute means-testing for both Security and Medicare!

Marco Rubio believes Social Security “weakened us as a people,” so it shouldn’t come as a surprise he wants to […]

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GOP Field & Congress: We Don’t Medicare About Your Earned Benefits

You can count on the GOP field and Republicans in Congress to deny climate change, promote massive tax cuts for the wealthy few, and be too scared of the party base to meaningfully denounce Donald Trump’s xenophobic rhetoric.

So, too, can you be sure that they’re determined to threaten American seniors and future retirees’ earned benefits by limiting eligibility for Social Security and Medicare, and shifting the programs toward private accounts. Gutting Social Security and Medicare was one of the original items on Charles and David Kochs’ political agenda — and it’s a cause that the GOP field and their congressional allies have eagerly taken up as their own.

Here’s where the GOP field and their congressional buddies stand on attacking earned benefits:

If you’d like to see fundamental changes to earned benefits that restrict eligibility, then Ted Cruz is your candidate. Cruz would raise Social Security and Medicare’s eligibility ages. He’d move Medicare to […]

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Marco Rubio’s Policies Put Benefits For Seniors And Future Retirees At Risk

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement in response to Marco Rubio’s extreme and out-of-touch policy that would hurt seniors:

 

“Seniors cannot trust Marco Rubio when his official policy would cut Social Security benefits and voucherize Medicare. He’s taking a page out of Jeb Bush’s playbook and telling seniors to work longer rather than retire. Republicans — following future Speaker Paul Ryan — have tried and failed to cut seniors’ benefits. Rubio might believe that Social Security and Medicare have ‘weakened us as a people’ but Americans will reject his defeatist attitude and his extreme and out-of-touch plan like they have many times before.”

 

Bad For Seniors

 

✓ Rubio said Social Security and Medicare were bankrupting the country and weakening us as a people
✓ Rubio supported the Ryan budget and varying levels of privatization of Medicare
✓ Rubio supported raising the eligibility age for both Social Security and Medicare

 

Video: Rubio Said That Social Security And Medicare […]

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“Being Like Romney Is A Good Thing, Right?” — Jeb Bush, Probably

Yesterday morning, Marco Rubio joined his mentor Jeb Bush in criticizing the “free stuff” strategy. Apparently Jeb saw that as an opening to double-down on his “free stuff” rhetoric last night. After being asked by Fox News’s Sean Hanity about the Affordable Care Act, Social Security, and Medicare, Jeb told Hanity that “offering free things to people [is] not working.”

Unfortunately for Jeb, not only are the ACA, Social Security, and Medicare important programs that provide necessary safety nets for millions of Americans, they’re also a whole lot more popular than the former front-runner.

 

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New Hampshire Can’t Trust Ayotte To Protect Medicare

More than 230,000 New Hampshire residents were Medicare beneficiaries in 2012, according to the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Yet Senator Kelly Ayotte voted to privatize the current Medicare system in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Siding with special interests at the risk of seniors, Ayotte supported the Paul Ryan budget, which would replace Medicare with a voucher system for future retirees. New Hampshire can’t trust Ayotte to protect Medicare.

Background:

2013: Ayotte Voted For Replacing Medicare With A Premium Support Plan As Part Of The FY 2014 Ryan Budget. In March 2013, Ayotte voted for replacing Medicare with a premium support plan, as part of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) proposed budget resolution covering fiscal years 2014 to 2023 According to the House Budget Committee, “Beginning in 2024, for those workers born in 1959 or later, Medicare would offer them a choice of private plans competing alongside the traditional fee-for-service option on a new Medicare Exchange. Medicare would provide a premium-support […]

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Kelly Ayotte Goes Full Washington

Kelly Ayotte is launching her reelection campaign as one of the most vulnerable Republicans in the country. Granite Staters don’t trust Ayotte to put them first ahead of the special interests bankrolling her campaign, and it’s easy to see why after five years in D.C.

Ayotte’s resume reads like a who’s who of out-of-touch Republican positions:

  • Ayotte supports raising the retirement age and cutting Social Security benefits.
  • Ayotte voted to roll back Wall Street reforms, while her largest donors are Wall Street execs.
  • Ayotte opposes equal pay measures and voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act.
  • Ayotte voted to voucherize Medicare in the Ryan Budget.
  • Ayotte is anti-choice and would overturn Roe v. Wade.
  • Ayotte voted to defund Planned Parenthood.
  • Ayotte would allow employers to make health care decisions for female employees by supporting the Blunt Amendment and Hobby Lobby decision.
  • Ayotte opposes marriage equality and same-sex adoption.
  • Ayotte voted against allowing people to refinance their college loan debt.

It’s no wonder that Republicans are already vowing to shatter previous New Hampshire spending and groups like Karl Rove’s are jumping into the race to prop up Kelly Ayotte. Special interests are doing everything they can to keep Ayotte in D.C. because she’s a rubber stamp for their priorities.

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MEMO: What To Expect In Nashua

TO: Interested Parties
FROM: Brad Woodhouse, President, American Bridge 21st Century
RE: What to Expect in Nashua
DATE: April 17, 2015

Republican presidential candidates are descending like a swarm of locusts on Nashua, New Hampshire, this weekend for the NHGOP’s First in the Nation Leadership Summit. With more than 20 candidate events scheduled in addition to Friday and Saturday’s speaking slots, American Bridge will be working overtime to document every word from targeted candidates and continue our work holding Republicans accountable for their extreme positions and words. Here’s what we’re expecting to hear.

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MEMO: Congratulations to Koch-crony Joni

To: Interested Parties
From: Brad Woodhouse, President of American Bridge 21st Century
Re: Congratulations to Koch-crony Joni
Date: Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Congratulations to Joni Ernst. Last night she captured the Tea Party Senate nomination in Iowa, and all she had to do was oppose the minimum wage, “philosophically” oppose renewable fuel standards, and flatter the billionaire, out-of-state Koch brothers.

Ernst faced a slew of conservative candidates in the Republican primary, but ultimately, her extreme record prevailed. You can’t question her Tea Party bona fides–in addition to opposing a federal minimum wage altogether, she thinks shifting a greater tax burden onto the middle class is “a great way to go.” She has made the case for privatizing Social Security, supported Paul Ryan’s budget to gut Medicaid and voucherize Medicare, and called for the elimination of Renewable Fuel Standards along with all other taxpayer subsidies. Her position on every one of those issues is in lockstep with the Koch agenda, and she even co-sponsored a personhood amendment, which would make some forms of contraception illegal and take away a woman’s right-to-choose even in the case of rape or incest. What more could a Tea Partier ask for?

Now, general election voters in Iowa can enjoy five months of getting to know Koch-crony Joni and her anti-middle class agenda.

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