Statements about Retirement

Says Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst "would privatize Social Security."

While "Arkansas seniors depend on Social Security and Medicare," Sen. Mark Pryor supports an overhaul so they "couldn’t get Social Security until they turn 68 or 69."

Says Tom Cotton’s vote in Congress to change Medicare "will increase out-of-pocket expenses for every senior in Arkansas."

"Things went wrong with the Medicare prescription D plan that George Bush rolled out."

Romney’s Medicare plan was estimated to "cost the average senior about $6,000 a year."

Says Barack Obama "robbed Medicare (of) $716 billion to pay for ... Obamacare."

Says Paul Ryan's budget relies on the same $700 billion in savings from Medicare that Mitt Romney and other Republicans have been attacking Democrats about.

"When my grandfather came to this country back in 1925, there were no government benefits."  

"Gov. Romney cut off kosher meals for Jewish senior citizens who were on Medicaid to save $5 a day."

"A recent Department of Labor study guessed Wall Street fees cost a worker 28 percent of the value of your plan over the span of your career."

"Poverty among Americans 65 and over is statistically unchanged" in recent years because of Social Security.

Says an alternative to Social Security that operates in Galveston County, Texas, has meant that participants will "retire with a whole lot more money" than under Social Security.

The Medicare drug program "resulted in the program coming in 40 percent under budget. ... And the reason it was, is because the design was right." 

"Seniors will have to find $12,500 for health care because Republicans voted to end Medicare."

The new health care law will "force seniors into Barack Obama's government-run health care program."

Jerry Brown "gave California state employees collective bargaining powers" and "now, state employees can retire at 55 with much of their salary for life."

"You worked hard for your money and you paid your taxes when you earned it. Now, (Indiana Republican congressional candidate) Todd Young wants to tax it again when you spend it."

"Barbara Boxer voted to cut spending on Medicare benefits by $500 billion, cuts so costly to hospitals and nursing homes that they could stop taking Medicare altogether."

In 2004, "20 percent of U.S. households were getting about 75 percent of their income from the federal government. ... Another 20 percent were receiving almost 40 percent."

Members of Congress passed a pay raise for themselves of $10,000 over two years even as they voted not to raise Social Security benefits for 2010 and 2011.

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