2024 Republicans Are Coming After Social Security and Medicare, Too
February 9, 2023
Rick Scott and congressional Republicans aren’t the only ones who are targeting Social Security and Medicare – 2024 GOP hopefuls have embraced cutting these critical programs just the same.
DNC Spokesperson Ammar Moussa released the following statement:
“It’s not just Hill Republicans. Potential 2024 Republicans have repeatedly demonstrated they are hellbent on gutting Social Security and Medicare. Every single 2024 Republican – including Trump, whose budgets sought to cut Social Security and Medicare programs – will have to answer for the Republican agenda to cut these programs that millions rely on. That’s a contrast we welcome.”
Trump proposed cuts to Medicare and Social Security programs every year he was in office.
Washington Post: “His avowed stance, however, is at odds with Trump’s own record as president: Each of his White House budget proposals included cuts to Social Security and Medicare programs.”
In one of his first policy proposals as he eyes entering the 2024 race, Pence backed partially privatizing Social Security.
Semafor: “Mike Pence isn’t running from his old fiscal conservatism. Instead, he’s seemingly leaning into it by talking about privatizing Social Security, an idea the party largely abandoned after a politically damaging push in 2005.
“‘I think the day could come where we can replace the New Deal with a Better Deal,’ he said during an interview in February. ‘Literally give younger Americans the ability to take a portion of their Social Security withholdings and put that into a private savings account that the government would oversee.’”
Ron DeSantis has supported cuts to Social Security and Medicare numerous times.
Semafor: “During his time in Congress, meanwhile, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis voted for a series of budget resolutions crafted by the conservative Republican Study Committee that would have voucherized Medicare for new beneficiaries, slowed Social Security cost of living increases, and raised the retirement age for both programs.”
Washington Post: “‘I support what Ryan is trying to do in terms of reforming entitlements,’ DeSantis said in a 2012 newspaper questionnaire. ‘It’s not a voucher, it’s premium support.’
“As a member of Congress, DeSantis voted for three nonbinding budget resolutions calling for raising the retirement age and slowing future spending growth for Social Security.
“He received a 0 percent rating from the Alliance for Retired Americans, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO. During a previous showdown over the debt limit in 2013, DeSantis said he supported including Social Security and Medicare in the negotiations.
“‘I think we need to restructure some of these entitlements,’ he said in a 2013 CNN interview. ‘I think we should try to look at entitlements, look at restructuring Medicare so it’s delivering services at a lower cost to the taxpayer.’”
Nikki Haley, Mike Pompeo, Tim Scott, and Kristi Noem all threw their support behind Paul Ryan’s proposal to cut and privatize Medicare.
Semafor: “As governor of South Carolina at the time, Nikki Haley praised the fiscal blueprint for ‘trying to bring common sense to this world of insanity.’”
Washington Post: “Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor and United Nations ambassador who is planning to announce her own presidential bid this month, also praised Ryan’s Medicare proposal at the time and said lawmakers should examine Medicare and Social Security spending to address federal debt.”
“‘What they need to be doing is looking at entitlements,’ Haley said in a 2010 interview on Fox News. ‘Look at Social Security. Look at Medicaid. Look at Medicare. Look at these things, and let’s actually go to the heart of what is causing government to grow, and tackle that.’”
“Other potential entrants in the Republican primary, such as former secretary of state Mike Pompeo, Sen. Tim Scott (S.C.) and South Dakota Gov. Kristi L. Noem, also voted for Ryan’s budget when they were in Congress.’
“‘There’s no doubt that we have to wrestle this beast to the ground and do the right thing,’ Scott said on Fox News in 2012. ‘The fact is that if we don’t start having a real conversation about people in their 40s and younger about the transformation of the system, it won’t be available for folks now in their 20s and 30s.’”