Republicans’ Big Plans For Earned Benefits: Eligibility Limits, Cuts, And Uncertainty

Marco Rubio made sure the country knows he’d raise the retirement age and partially privatize Medicare. And just like Rubio’s, the rest of the GOP field’s “plans” for seniors and future retirees’ earned benefits include limit eligibility for both Social Security and Medicare by instituting means-testing, raising the retirement age, and even shifting the programs toward private accounts.

Policy lightweight Donald Trump has unsurprisingly neglected to offer up substantive details on his plans for Social Security and Medicare. But when asked about Ben Carson’s assertion that “Medicare probably won’t be necessary,” Trump said: “It’s possible. You’re going to have to look at it.” So, there’s no way to know for sure, but who knows what Trump might do to off-set his tax plan’s $10 trillion in lost revenue.
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, […]

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Jeb Bush’s Conservative Colors Fly On Slashing Earned Benefits

Tonight at CNN’s town hall, Jeb Bush told viewers who want to have a quote “policy wonkathon” about earned benefits to visit his website. Again, we’ll save you a click.

Jeb Bush is as extreme as they come on slashing earned benefits. One to always ask “How high?” when the Koch brothers say “Jump,” Bush toes the line on cutting benefits for seniors.

He wants to raise the retirement age, while punishing seniors who retire earlier than he wants them to.
He supports means-testing Medicare — which would limit eligibility for the program — and he wants to shift the program toward private plans. He’s even hinted at a “phase out.”

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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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