March 21, 2023

GOP Senator John Kennedy, Presidential Candidate Nikki Haley Threaten Social Security, Medicare Cuts

Last Thursday, Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley called for changing the retirement age for Americans currently in their twenties and limiting Social Security and Medicare benefits for wealthier Americans.

Haley said that for those in their 20s, she “would change the retirement age so that it matches life expectancy.”

Three days later, Republican Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana also said on “Fox News Sunday” that President Biden’s budget belongs in a “shredder” and that the retirement age for Social Security eligibility should be raised.

Nevertheless, Sen. Mitt Romney (UT) grandstanded during an exchange with Shalanda Young, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) during a Senate Budget Committee hearing on Wednesday. Romney falsely claimed that he doesn’t know of any “Republican or Democrat in the House or the Senate who is proposing cutting Social Security benefits…”

“Some GOP politicians get angry when they are reminded that leading members of their party want to slash our hard earned Social Security and Medicare benefits,” said Robert Roach, Jr., President of the Alliance. “We must continue to speak out whenever they remind us with their words and actions that they have NOT dropped the idea.”

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