GOP’s 'plan' to increase social security age started '20 years' ago according to Mark Levin
Fox News host, Mark Levin, says Republicans have been planning to increase the age for Social Security eligibility for two decades now, Media Matters for America reports.
The nation's debt ceiling needs to be raised by June or the county will default on its debt. Republicans, since the rise of the Tea Party, have pushed for spending cuts to offset those increases. That is a looming fight, as House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has shown little ability to corral some of the more vocal, right-wing members of his conference.
Likewise, Levin, a hard-right conservative, confirmed during a segment of The Mark Levin show, his party is aiming to raise the retirement age in the coming years.
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"Joe Biden has a plan — none. Nothing," Levin said.
He continued, "Do Republicans have a plan? Actually, Republicans have had a plan for 20 years, and that plan is basically those people who are on Social Security are grandfathered in. People who are 55 to 65 are grandfathered in when they turn 65. But everybody else, unfortunately, they're gonna have to see the age increase - that is, to 70. Used to be they said 67, but now that has to be around 70. And that's how you fix it without screwing the people who've been paying into it and are about to get Social Security or who are on Social Security."
This comes after two GOP officials — Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) and Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) — agreed during separate interviews the retirement age should be raised.
However, Levin's, along with the congresswoman and senator's assertions, contradict their Republican colleagues' response to President Joe Biden's 2023 State of the Union address, in which he "accused some" party party members of planning to cut federal programs, according to NPR.
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"Instead of making the wealthy pay their fair share, some Republicans want Medicare and Social Security to sunset every five years," Biden said during his speech. Republicans immediately protested, despite the fact the president was not wrong.
Sen. Rick Scott's (R-FL) 12-point "Rescue America" plan, which originally included cuts to Social Security, was amended to omit nixing the social program soon after Biden's address.
Media Matters for America's full report is available at this link. NPR's report is here.
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