Strickland Campaign Statement on Portman Campaigning with Paul Ryan

Portman and Ryan have both jeopardized retirement security for Ohio’s seniors in order to push the agenda of the rich and the powerful

In response to Senator Portman campaigning today with Speaker Paul Ryan, Strickland campaign spokesman David Bergstein issued the following statement:

“The only Washington politician who has done more to jeopardize retirement security for seniors than Speaker Ryan is Senator Portman -- so it’s fitting that they are campaigning together on their shared message of prioritizing the rich and the powerful at the expense of Ohio’s working families. It’s bad enough that Senator Portman backed Ryan’s plan to end the Medicare guarantee, but Portman has also tried to raise the retirement age and proposed slashing millions of dollars from Medicare in order to give handouts to his rich and powerful friends. Ryan’s presence here is a terrific reminder that Portman is nothing but a lapdog for the wealthy and well-connected, while Ohio’s seniors pay the price.”

Norm Wernet, President of the Ohio Alliance for Retired Americans, also issued this statement:

“You'd think that the last thing Senator Portman would want to do is remind Ohioans of his efforts with Paul Ryan to turn Medicare into a voucher program. If it were up to Rob Portman and Paul Ryan, seniors would be forced to go out on their own to negotiate for their health care with powerful insurance companies. Unfortunately, it's just one example of Rob Portman pushing the agenda of the wealthy and well-connected, while Ohio’s seniors pay the price -- he's also attempted to raise the retirement age for Social Security and Medicare and has even tried to gamble seniors' retirements on the stock market with his friends on Wall Street."

BACKGROUND:

PORTMAN VOTED FOR THE RYAN BUDGET, CUTTING TAXES FOR THE WEALTHY AND TURNING MEDICARE INTO A VOUCHER PROGRAM

Portman Voted For The Ryan Budget Plan. [CQ, 5/16/12; H.Con.Res. 112, Vote 98, 5/16/12]

Ryan Budget Would Provide Millionaire Households A $286,000 Net Tax Savings On Average; A Household Making Between $50,000 And $100,000 Would Face A Net Tax Hike Of $1,300. [U.S. Congress, Joint Economic Committee, Majority Staff, 6/20/12]

The Ryan 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” Which Could Increase Costs For Seniors.  [Reuters, 8/12/12]

PORTMAN HAS A LONG HISTORY OF OPPOSING PROGRAMS FOR SENIORS

Portman And Bush Budget Proposed Cutting $66 Billion In Medicare Over Five Years. “Portman said Bush's budget submission contains about a 1 percentage point cut in the rapid growth in Medicare which averages almost 8 percent a year without changes to squeeze about $66 billion in savings over five years from the federal health care program for the elderly.” [Associated Press,2/2/07]

2014 Portman Op-Ed: “Adjusting Social Security And Medicare's Retirement Ages… [And] Means-Testing Benefits For Upper-Income Retirees” Would Decrease The Deficit And Stimulate The Economy. [Wall Street Journal, Rob Portman,7/21/14]

Portman Supported Raising The Social Security Retirement Age. “...Portman suggested raising the retirement age for Social Security recipients and curbing benefits for wealthier Americans, a concept known as means-testing.” [Columbus Dispatch,8/18/14]

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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