Email Insights: NRCC gives Alex Sink claims a closer look

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Democrat Alex Sink, in talking about a discussion on reducing the deficit, said a good “conversation starter” would be the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform—known as “Simpson-Bowles.”

In the newest email blast to supporters, there are three things the National Republican Congressional Committee wants Pinellas County voters to see about the plan — especially the large number of seniors:

  • Simpson-Bowles included $238 billion in Social Security reform, by “slowing benefit growth” for high and medium-income workers
  • Increase the retirement age to 68 by 2050 and 69 by 2075
  • Increase the payroll tax cap to cover 90 percent of wages

Increasing retirement age and raising Social Security taxes just doesn’t fly with the NRCC, and spokesperson Katie Prill is convinced it won’t fly with Pinellas County voters.

“Alex Sink supports a plan that raises the retirement age for Social Security recipients, raises social security taxes and cuts Medicare all while making it harder for Pinellas seniors to keep their doctors that they know and love,” Prill says.

“Sending Alex Sink to Washington guarantees that seniors right here in Pinellas County are in jeopardy of losing the Social Security and Medicare benefits that they have earned and deserve.”

A system that increases Medicare eligibility age, cuts Medicare providers and amplifies the cuts already mandated by Obamacare, which—according to the NRCC—could lead many physicians and other providers to refuse to accept Medicare patients.

The newest line from Sink — support for Simpson-Bowles – shows just how much she is out-of-touch with Pinellas voters, Prill adds.

It does give one pause.

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