IN THEIR OWN WORDS: The GOP is Coming After Social Security, Medicare
February 8, 2023
In case you missed it, here are the many times Republicans have said they want to go after Social Security and Medicare.
House Republicans have already exposed their plans to attack Social Security and Medicare.
Congressman Michael Waltz: “I agree with Jim Jordan that we are going to carve out woke policies out of the military… [but] if we really want to talk about the debt and spending, it’s the entitlements program.”
Bloomberg Law: “The discussion about creating commissions indicates some policy proposals floated by Republicans on entitlements — such as increasing the eligibility age or adding means-testing measures — are a possibility, even as GOP leaders say they’re not negotiating policy changes directly as part of a debt-limit vote. ‘I wouldn’t think it’d be off the table,’ Rep. Kevin Hern (Okla.), chairman of the Republican Study Committee, said last week of the Trust Act. ‘I would hope it wouldn’t be.’”
Bloomberg Government: “A bipartisan negotiation on Social Security and Medicare would likely start with Democrats pushing for more revenue, while ‘Republicans have a list of eligibility reforms, and we don’t like the tax increases,’ Arrington said. He said an increase in the eligibility age for both programs would be a commonsense change.”
The Republican Study Committee – which represents a majority of House Republicans – put out a budget proposing cuts to Social Security and Medicare.
NBC News: “The Republican Study Committee, a large group of House conservatives, proposed a budget in June that would incrementally raise the retirement age to collect Social Security, based on changing life spans, and lower benefits…”
Bloomberg Government: “Social Security and Medicare eligibility changes, spending caps, and safety-net work requirements are among the top priorities for key House Republicans who want to use next year’s debt-limit deadline to extract concessions from Democrats.”
New York Times: “The conservative Republican Study Committee in the House, which is poised to assume a position of influence if the party claims the majority, has issued a detailed plan that would raise the retirement age for both programs and reduce Social Security benefits for some higher-earning retirees.”
Targeting Social Security and Medicare is a PRIORITY in the GOP’s MAGA agenda.
Washington Post: “House Republicans have started to weigh a series of legislative proposals targeting Social Security, Medicare and other entitlement programs, part of a broader campaign to slash federal spending that could force the new majority to grapple with some of the most difficult and delicate issues in American politics.”
Washington Post: “Others in the party have resurfaced more detailed plans to cut costs, including by raising the Social Security retirement age to 70, targeting younger Americans who have yet to obtain federal benefits.”
HuffPost: “House Republicans are making clear that they intend to seek cuts to entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare with their new majority in the 118th Congress.”
Florida Senator Rick Scott not only put out a plan that could jeopardize Social Security and Medicare – he’s doubled and tripled down on it time and time again, as recently as TODAY.
Rick Scott: “In my plan, I suggested the following: All federal legislation sunsets in 5 yrs. If a law is worth keeping, Congress can pass it again.”
Rick Scott: “Yes, I put out a plan of ideas, and I don’t regret it one bit. Yes, one of them suggested sunsetting laws after five years — noting that if a law is worth keeping, Congress can pass it again.”
Washington Post Opinion: “[Rick] Scott’s plan would also sunset — eliminate — all federal legislation over five years, under the (risky) assumption that worthy laws would be reenacted. That could mean an end to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, everything else mentioned above — and potentially more.”
Senator Ron Johnson has gone even further and suggested putting Social Security and Medicare on the chopping block every year.
New York Times: “Mr. Johnson has proposed subjecting Social Security and Medicare to annual congressional spending bills… That would leave the programs susceptible to Washington’s frequent and fraught debates over funding the government, making it more difficult for retirees to count on a steady stream of benefits.”
Lindsey Graham said a Republican majority would go after Social Security and Medicare as well.
Politico: “Lindsey’s pledge: If Republicans regain control of the Senate following the midterms, the current Senate Budget ranking member is laying the groundwork: ‘Entitlement reform is a must for us to not become Greece.’”
Don’t forget: Trump proposed cuts to Medicare and Social Security programs every year he was in office.
Trump’s FY21 budget proposal called for a net cut of $480 billion from Medicare and $24 billion from Social Security programs.
Trump’s FY20 budget proposed cutting $575 billion from Medicare and $26 billion from Social Security programs.
Trump’s FY19 budget proposed cutting $554 billion from Medicare and $72.5 billion from SSDI and Supplemental Security Income.
Trump’s FY18 budget proposed a $70 billion cut to SSDI benefits.