Protect Social Security
Sunday, September 8, 2019
Greg Murphy, running for Walter Jones Jr.’s seat in Congress, stated that he would cut way back on entitlements. Social Security payments to seniors are considered "an entitlement."
I worked for 34 years, and my husband worked over 40 years. We both paid into the Social Security fund the entire time, many years at the maximum rate. I do not consider Social Security an entitlement. Why doesn't Dr. Murphy cut back on the following?
Members of both the Senate and House of Representatives are eligible for full pension after serving five years.
All members of Congress can choose health insurance at the gold level and receive federal subsidies that cover 72 percent of the cost of the premiums.
Why are these entitlements offered to Congress? The net worth of over 535 lawmakers is at least $1 million. Surely, they can afford to pay their own health insurance and we do not owe them full pension after only five years of service.
Does Dr. Murphy plan on cutting the deficits by cutting back on the Social Security Benefits earned by hard working senior citizens?
Murphy told The Daily Reflector that entitlement spending in general has to be reformed and reduced and the age at which people are eligible to receive Social Security needs to be increased.