The Portman Anti-Senior Agenda: Dismantle Retirement Security

COLUMBUS — As Ted Strickland announces his plan to strengthen retirement security today at the Alliance for Retired Americans convention in Columbus, here’s a reminder of Sen. Rob Portman’s record of prioritizing the Washington power brokers and wealthy special interests he serves at the expense of Ohio’s seniors.

From supporting an increase in the retirement age for Medicare and Social Security, to attempting to privatize Social Security and to turn Medicare into a voucher program, Portman has a long record of jeopardizing the retirement security that seniors have earned.

“Whether Senator Portman was trying to raise the retirement age, end traditional Medicare as we know it, slash earned benefits, or spike the cost of prescription drugs, at every turn Senator Portman is pushing the agenda of the Washington power brokers and wealthy special interests he serves at the expense of Ohio’s seniors,” said Ohio Democratic Party spokesman Daniel van Hoogstraten. “Senator Portman’s long record of jeopardizing the retirement security that seniors have earned represents exactly what Ohioans hate about the dysfunctional politics of Washington and D.C. insiders like Portman, who are only looking out for themselves and their well-connected friends.”

See for yourself:

PORTMAN’S RECORD ON MEDICARE:

RAISE THE ELIGIBILITY AGE; TURN MEDICARE INTO A VOUCHER; SLASH MEDICARE BY BILLIONS; SPIKE COSTS FOR SENIORS.

Portman supported the Ryan Budget, which would “essentially end Medicare,” turn it into a voucher program and cost seniors $6,400.

  • Portman Voted For The 2014, 2013 & 2012 Ryan Budgets. [FY2014: CQ, 3/21/13; S.Amdt. 433 to S.Con.Res. 8, Vote 46, 3/21/13; FY2013: CQ, 5/16/12, H.Con.Res. 112, Vote 98, 5/16/12; FY2012: Washington Post, 5/25/11; H. Con. Res. 34, Vote 77, 5/25/11]

  • Ryan Plan would turn Medicare into a voucher program. [New York Times, 3/29/12]

  • Wall Street Journal: Ryan Plan “would essentially end Medicare.” The plan would essentially end Medicare, which now pays most of the health-care bills for 48 million elderly and disabled Americans.” [Wall Street Journal, 4/4/11]

  • The Ryan Plan’s Medicare proposal would cost seniors $6,400. [PolitiFact, 4/16/11]

Portman supported raising the eligibility age of Medicare. [Wall Street Journal, Rob Portman, 7/21/14]

As Director of Office Of Management and Budget, Portman proposed a budget that cut Medicare by $66 billion over five years. [Associated Press, 2/2/07]

Portman said it would be “irresponsible” not to cut Medicare. [Fox Business Network, Cavuto, 6/16/11]

Portman supports total repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which would re-open the Medicare prescription drug donut hole, costing seniors hundreds of thousands of dollars on their prescription medications. [Wall Street Journal, 10/06/13; Department of Health & Human Services, 2/24/15; Department of Health and Human Services, Health Care – Ohio, 11/2/15; Vote 253, 7/26/15]

PORTMAN’S RECORD ON SOCIAL SECURITY:

CUT EARNED BENEFITS BY RAISING THE RETIREMENT AGE AND FORCE SENIORS TO GAMBLE WITH THEIR RETIREMENT ON THE STOCK MARKET.

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 plan to force seniors to gamble with their retirement on the stock market and cut benefits “such 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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