Ted Cruz in 2012 AARP Senate Voter Guide


On Health Care: Save Medicare by raising eligibility age

Q: How would you put Medicare on stronger financial ground and protect today's seniors and future retirees from the burden of rising health costs?

A: We must save Medicare by gradually increasing the eligibility age and by moving to a premium support system that expands choices for seniors, opens up innovation, and utilizes market forces to rein in healthcare costs.

Source: Dallas Voter Guide in 2012 AARP Senate Voter Guide Aug 24, 2012

On Jobs: Extending unemployment benefits exacerbates joblessness

Q: How would you help Americans build a financial nest egg for their retirement?

A: The private sector creates jobs. But government can kill jobs. Extending unemployment benefits does exacerbate the jobless situation, because it subsidizes unemployment and increases the tax burdens on those who are employed. We should reform our tax code to be flatter and fairer, and pass a strong Balanced Budget Amendment to stop out-of-control government spending and debt. 25 million Americans are out of work because of foolish federal policies that are destroying jobs; I will lead the fight to reduce the burdens on small business and to unleash new jobs and vibrant economic growth.

Source: Dallas Voter Guide in 2012 AARP Senate Voter Guide Aug 24, 2012

On Social Security: Raise retirement age; cap increases to inflation rate

Q: How would you protect Social Security for today's seniors and strengthen it for future generations?

A: On Social Security, I am campaigning on a series of very specific reforms. For seniors receiving Social Security or near Social Security, there should be no changes in benefits whatsoever. For younger workers, we need to do three fundamental reforms.

  1. Gradually increase the retirement age.
  2. Social Security benefits right now grow about 1% greater than inflation; we should have those benefits grow at the rate of inflation, not 1% more.
  3. Third change that I think is absolutely critical is to allow taxpayers to have a portion of the Social Security funds go to a personal account that they own and control.
    Source: Texas Tribune Interview in 2012 AARP Senate Voter Guide Aug 24, 2012

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