It isn’t just NRSC Chair Rick Scott who’s pushing plans to “sunset” Social Security and Medicare
In case you missed it, the headline from Insider says it all:
In other words: NRSC Chair Rick Scott’s policy roadmap that “sunsets Social Security and Medicare” is no aberration.
Rather, it’s an early sign that Republicans are getting back to vocally calling for deep cuts to earned benefits and retirement security programs like Social Security and Medicare.
“Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah suggested that he’d favor cutting retirement benefits for younger Americans in a bid to stabilize safety net programs.”
Romney and Scott’s push to gut programs like Social Security and Medicare and reduce benefits for workers who have already paid into the system is nothing new for Republicans.
In recent years, Republican leaders have repeatedly floated cuts and changes to programs like Medicare and Social Security.
- In 2017, U.S. House Republicans and current Senate candidates like Ted Budd (R-NC), Mark Walker (R-NC), Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), and Billy Long (R-MO) voted for a budget plan that called for shifting Medicare into a “voucher program,” which experts said “could lead to higher costs for seniors already enrolled in Medicare.”
- In 2018, Republicans like Mitch McConnell pushed cuts to Social Security and Medicare to offset the cost of Republicans’ 2017 tax law which gifted billions of dollars in tax breaks to big corporations and the richest 1 percent of Americans.
- During his failed 2020 reelection campaign, Donald Trump vocalized a desire to target Medicare for cuts.
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