Romney Says He'll Raise Retirement Age

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Mitt Romney says he would raise the eligibility age for Medicare.
Romney's effort to show that he's willing to curtail government benefits in the long run came in a major campaign speech today in Detroit that was otherwise short on new policy ideas.
Speaking to a crowd of about 1,200 people -- who occupied just a portion of the field in the stadium where the Detroit Lions play football -- Romney walked through much of the economic plan he had already unveiled Wednesday ahead of a GOP debate.
He's proposing 20 percent cuts to the marginal individual tax rates. He also wants to lower corporate tax rates to 25 percent from 35 percent.
Today, he said he wants to raise the Medicare eligibility age by one month per year, and eventually tie it to life expectancy.
Romney is facing an unexpectedly tough challenge from Rick Santorum in Romney's native state of Michigan, which holds its primary next week. Santorum has been emphasizing his blue collar roots and looking to appeal to tea party and social conservative voters in Michigan.


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  • by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2012 at 12:33 PM
    I grew up thinking I would be retired at 65. What a joke it is now 3 years past that and I am still working 40 a week. Can not afford to quit, or retire. My social security would just pay my bills with nothing left over.
  • by Courtney on Feb 28, 2012 at 08:16 AM
    Great, so we can be slaves until we are what 85 or 90. We start work at 16 and can look forward to 70 years of employment paying into a system that will not be there when we reach that age. I see a revolt of the American People in the making if we keep running government this way. Just sayin...
  • by Anonymous on Feb 27, 2012 at 01:27 PM
    At this point I am fed up with all of them. One wants to raise the retirement age, the other one doesn't know the constitution. Wants church to be part of the running of the state. Which is a better choice. Neither of them
  • by Anonymous on Feb 27, 2012 at 07:12 AM
    at least he has a better grasp on substainable welfare system. Obamacare would recommend that people get euthanize at 70 because they are draining the system.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 26, 2012 at 05:34 PM
    What is he going to raise it to? 80? I am over 66 still working and if I am lucky will retire by 71. Trust me I am not the only one. NOT BY A LONG SHOT.
  • by Anonymous Location: GL on Feb 25, 2012 at 05:14 AM
    If his campaign makes one more robo-call to my house..... I don't think he would "approve of the message" if I called his house and left long, unwanted messages on his phone.
  • by anne Location: lansing, mi on Feb 24, 2012 at 09:53 PM
    Just another politician bull, "Robin Hood had it right, he robbed from the "RICH AND GAVE TO THE POOR", but, Our elected government employees, ROBBED FROM THE POOR TO KEEP FOR THEIR SELVES AND THEIR RICH CORPORATE FRIENDS". I think the have FORGOTTEN WHO THER WORK FOR. "KICK THEM ALL OUT OF OFFICE AND PUT THE COMMON MIDDLE CLASS WORKS IN ALL BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT STARTING FROM THE TOP AND ROLL DOWN.
  • by jim Location: mason on Feb 24, 2012 at 09:40 PM
    Shocker!! Always on the back's of the (ever dwindling) middle class.
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