FLASHBACK: Portman: “Irresponsible” Not to Cut Medicare

Sen. Rob Portman Prioritizes the Interests of Washington Power Brokers and Wealthy Special Interests, Ohio Seniors Pay the Price

COLUMBUS — As Ted Strickland earns the endorsement of the Alliance for Retired Americans today, here’s a reminder that Sen. Rob Portman is putting the interests of the Washington power brokers and wealthy special interests he serves over Ohio’s seniors — in fact, Portman even said it would be “irresponsible” not to cut Medicare:


Transcript:

Cavuto: What are some of the things you want to cut right now?

Portman: Everything’s got to be on the table. So we have to deal with the entitlement programs because they’re not sustainable in their current form. They’re not going to be there for future generations…

Cavuto: So when Chuck Schumer and Harry Reid say ‘not Medicare’, what do you say?

Portman: That they’re being irresponsible and they know it.

[Fox Business Network, Cavuto, 6/16/11]

From raising the retirement age, to gambling with retirements on the stock market, to cutting benefits, Portman has a long record of jeopardizing the retirement security that seniors have earned in order to prioritize his own dysfunctional Washington politics. Here are the facts:

THE PORTMAN RECORD ON MEDICARE: RAISE THE ELIGIBILITY AGE; TURN MEDICARE INTO A VOUCHER; SLASH BENEFITS.

  • Portman voted for the Ryan Budget, which turned Medicare into a voucher program. [Vote 46, 3/21/13; Vote 98,5/16/12; Vote 77, 5/25/11; Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/15/13]

  • Portman supported raising the eligibility age of Medicare, meaning a cut in benefits. [Wall Street Journal, Rob Portman, 7/21/14; Center On Budget And Policy Priorities, 8/23/11]

THE PORTMAN RECORD ON SOCIAL SECURITY: CUT EARNED BENEFITS BY RAISING THE RETIREMENT AGE AND GAMBLING ON THE STOCK MARKET WITH RETIREMENT.

  • Portman supported raising the Social Security retirement age, meaning “across-the-board cut in benefits.” [Columbus Dispatch, 8/18/14; Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 5/5/15]

  • Portman called Bush’s Social Security privatization proposal that allowed Americans to gamble their retirement on the stock market and threatened seniors with  benefit cuts, an “exciting proposal,” saying he “strongly” supported it. [House Budget Committee, Hearing, 2/9/05; Washington Post, Wonkblog, 10/12/12]

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