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Connecticut seniors responding to Linda McMahon’s dangerous plans for Social Security and Medicare

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The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is releasing a new ad in the Connecticut Senate race today that features Connecticut seniors responding to Linda McMahon’s dangerous plans for Social Security and Medicare.  The Republican millionaire and former wrestling CEO told Tea Party activists that she wants a “sunset provision” for Social Security and that she is open to Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney’s plans to end Medicare’s guaranteed benefits.  Both of McMahon’s plans would hit middle-class seniors with devastating consequences. 

“Linda McMahon doesn’t need any of the benefits like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. She’s a multi-millionaire,” says one Connecticut senior before the ad’s narrator states, “Maybe that’s why she’s proposed a sunset provision that could end Social Security.”

“To take that away is just wrong.  I have earned Social Security,” Connecticut seniors add before the narrator notes that “McMahon also said she’s willing to look at ending Medicare’s guaranteed benefit.” 

“Linda McMahon doesn’t have a clue.  Linda McMahon is just not for us,” two seniors conclude.

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MCMAHON DOESN’T NEED SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE OR MEDICAID BECAUSE SHE IS WORTH $238 MILLION

According To Her Personal Financial Disclosure, McMahon Is Worth $238 Million. In September 2012, the New Haven Register reported that McMahon’s “personal financial statement, filed with the U.S. Senate, estimates her worth at $238 million.” [New Haven Register, 9/21/12]

MCMAHON CALLED FOR A SUNSET PROVISION FOR SOCIAL SECURITY AT A TEA PARTY FORUM

McMahon On Social Security Solvency: “I Believe In Sunset Provisions When We Pass This Kind Of Legislation, So That You Take A Look At It 10, 15 Years Down The Road To Make Sure That It’s Still Going To Fund Itself.”  At an April 2012 Tea Party town hall in Wallingford, CT, McMahon received the question, “Do you believe that Social Security and Medicare are in financial trouble, and if so, what would you do to strengthen them?” McMahon responded, And I think that we’re going to have to do that in a bipartisan fashion in Congress. We cannot continue doing things the way we are doing with Social Security. We’re just simply going to be bankrupt. And I do believe that, that there are ways to look at, you know, what we’re trying to do when we put Social Security in place? We didn’t go back and review it. In other words, I believe in sunset provisions when we pass this kind of legislation, so that you take a look at it 10, 15 years down the road to make sure that it’s still going to fund itself.” [CT 2nd District Tea Party Patriots Meet & Greet, Waterford, CT, 4/20/12]

McMahon Said She Believed In Sunset Provisions For Programs Like Social Security. In September 2012, WFSB reported that “months ago, Linda McMahon was at a Tea Party event in Waterford, where she said she believed in sunset provisions for programs like Social Security.” [WFSB, 9/27/12]

Huffington Post: McMahon Proposed A “Sunset Provision” To Social Security At A Tea Party Town Hall In Waterford, CT. In September 2012, the Huffington Post reported, “In little-noticed remarks at a Tea Party town hall meeting earlier this year, Republican Connecticut Senate candidate Linda McMahon proposed introducing a ‘sunset provision’ into the Social Security Act. McMahon, the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, has consistently dodged questions about cutting government entitlement programs in her two Senate runs. Speaking before a group of Tea Party supporters in Waterford, Conn. on April 20, however, McMahon said she would consider making major changes to Social Security, from raising the retirement age to means-testing benefits. She also proposed introducing a ‘sunset provision’ — the legislative term for putting an expiration date on a law unless it is renewed.” [Huffington Post, 9/26/12]

SUNSETTING LEGISLATION MEANS ENDING IT ON A SPECIFIC DATE AND FORCING IT TO BE REAUTHORIZED IN ORDER TO CONTINUE.

Reporting On McMahon’s Comments On Sunsetting Social Security, WFSB Noted That A Sunset Provision “Usually Means That It Ends At Some Point.” In September 2012, WFSB, reporting on McMahon’s comments on sunsetting Social Security, noted that a sunset provision “usually means that it ends at some point.” [WFSB, 9/27/12]

Reporting On McMahon’s Comments On Sunsetting Social Security, The New Haven Register Noted That To Sunset Legislation Means To End It On A Specific Date And Force It To Be Reauthorized In Order To Continue. In September 2012, the New Haven Register, reporting on McMahon’s comments on sunsetting Social Security noted that “to sunset legislation means it ends at a specific date and to continue such a program, it would need to be reauthorized.” [New Haven Register, 9/27/12]

MCMAHON SAID SHE IS WILLING TO  LOOK AT PLAN TO END MEDICARE’S GUARANTEED BENEFIT

McMahon Said She Would Be Open To Privatizing Medicare, Possibly With A Voucher Program, A Plan Supported By Mitt Romney’s Running Mate, Paul Ryan. In September 2012, WFSB reported that McMahon “said she would be willing to look at privatizing Medicare, possibly with a voucher system, a plan supported by Mitt Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan.” [WFSB, 9/27/12]

TIME: “Extreme” Republican Budget Changes Medicare “From a Guaranteed Benefit Into A System In Which Private Insurers Would Cover Americans.” In April 2011 TIME Swampland’s Kate Pickert wrote, “[Paul Ryan’s Republican budget] plan for Medicare, the insurance program for seniors that’s on an unsustainable path and accounts for about 13% of the federal budget, is extreme by any measure. His proposal would turn the program from a guaranteed benefit into a system in which private insurers would cover elderly Americans, whose premiums would be subsidized by the federal government.” [TIME, 4/6/11]

AARP: Paul Ryan Budget’s Medicare Voucher Plan Removes Medicare’s Promise of Secure Health Coverage. “On Medicare: “By creating a ‘premium support’ system for future Medicare beneficiaries, the proposal will increase costs for beneficiaries while removing Medicare’s promise of secure health coverage—a guarantee that future seniors have contributed to through a lifetime of hard work.”  [AARP, 4/7/11]

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