Debate Fact Check: Portman Is Jeopardizing Retirement Security

COLUMBUS, OH – There’s a clear contrast between Ted Strickland Senator Portman when it comes to protecting retirement security for seniors: Ted will protect Medicare and Social Security, but Portman proposed raising the retirement age, turning Medicare into a voucher program, cutting millions from Medicare, and gambling with Social Security on the stock market.

See the facts for yourself:

Portman Supported Raising The Retirement Age For Social Security And Medicare. [Wall Street Journal, Rob Portman Op-Ed, 7/21/14]

VIDEO: Portman Said It Would Be “Irresponsible” Not To Cut Medicare. [Fox Business Network, Cavuto, 6/16/11; YouTube, 6/16/11]

Portman’s Budget Proposed Cutting $66 Billion In Medicare Over Five Years. [Associated Press, 2/2/07]

Portman Voted For FY 2013 Ryan Budget, Which Ended “The Guaranteed Benefit In Medicare” And Replaced It With A Voucher. “Ryan's plan calls for an end to the guaranteed benefit in Medicare and replaces it with a system that would give vouchers to recipients to pay for health insurance. The risk in such a plan is that if healthcare costs rise faster than the value of the vouchers, seniors would have to pay the difference.” [Reuters, 8/12/12; H.Con.Res. 112, Vote 98, 5/16/12]

Portman’s FY 2008 Budget Began To Privatize Social Security. “The President proposes to establish voluntary individual accounts for workers, which would replace some of the Social Security benefits provided under current law.” [Congressional Budget Office, An Analysis of the President’s Budgetary Proposals for Fiscal Year 2008, March 2007

On Social Security, Portman Was A “Privatization Champion.” “[Portman campaign spokeswoman] stated that Portman has ‘never voted to privatize Social Security nor has he ever supported privatizing Social Security,’ a claim that is at odds with a 2010 Politifact story stating that the senator was a ‘privatization champion.’” [Cleveland Plain Dealer,5/24/16]

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