Saturday, February 6, 2016

Presidential Candidates Talk Social Security Benefits

In the midst of a presidential election year, Social Security has yet again proved to be a divisive topic. Since Social Security benefits provide and protect some of our society’s more vulnerable populations, it is important to know what some of the candidates’ current plans are for Social Security.

On Friday, Hillary Clinton promised not to cut Social Security benefits and one of her aides was quoted as stating Clinton planned to expand benefits.

Part of the context of Hillary’s statements on Friday involved a Twitter dialogue with Bernie Sanders’ campaign. The Sanders campaign reportedly asked Clinton to join Sanders in declaring a promise to never cut Social Security.

Despite Clinton’s and Sanders’ promise to expand and not cut Social Security, two progressive organizations—the Social Security Works and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee—still have not endorsed a particular Democratic candidate.

As for the Republicans, Marco Rubio was quoted last week in New Hampshire as wanting to save and preserve Social Security programs without disrupting them. Rubio asserted that his mother was a Social Security beneficiary, but he explained that Social Security must adapt to survive and will likely not look the same in the future.

Other Republican candidates have stated various means tests, increased retirement age requirements, and other policies that they claim are necessary to preserve Social Security for future generations. 

While it is obviously far too early to tell which candidate’s plans will constitute the future of Social Security, it is becoming increasingly clear that Social Security is an important social and fiscal issue in this presidential election.

Stephanie Merritt Driscoll is an attorney in Southern California whose practice focuses Social Security matters, including disability benefits.

Contact Stephanie today at 949-359-1370 for a free consultation.

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