CEOs: Raise retirement age to 70
A group of corporate executives thinks Americans should have to wait longer to get Social Security and Medicare. Guess the median retirement age for the nation's top CEOs.
This post comes from Matthew Heimer at partner site MarketWatch.
In the endless-loop battle over the federal deficit, whether and how to reduce spending on Social Security and Medicare remains one of the most combustible topics. The Business Roundtable, a group of more than 170 of the nation's chief executives, has now spelled out its own stance on entitlement reform, and its headline proposal is that Americans need to wait longer for retirement benefits.
Most notably, the group advocates raising the Medicare and Social Security eligibility ages to 70, up from the current 65 for Medicare and 66 or 67 for full benefits for Social Security.
The organization unveiled its position in an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal penned by Gary Loveman, the CEO of Caesar's Entertainment. The magic number 70 wasn't in the editorial, but it appears in the more detailed version of the proposals on the Business Roundtable website.
The roundtable also backed means testing of entitlement benefits, creating private sector competition for Medicare and using so-called "chained CPI" to slow the annual inflation-adjusted growth of Social Security payouts.
The group doesn't specify a timetable for phasing in these reforms, and consequently it doesn't try to estimate how much they would save, but none would apply to anyone who's currently 55 or older. (Incidentally, the median age of CEOs of S&P 500 companies is . . . 55.)
The proposal to turn 70 into the new 65 is a shoot-the-moon expansion of the parameters of the entitlement debate. During the fiscal cliff negotiations, the White House briefly signaled a willingness to hike the Medicare eligibility age to 67, only to take the proposal off the table.
In the eyes of some critics, increasing the Medicare threshold ignores both medical realities and the hard facts of the job market. Many surveys show that most Americans would prefer to keep working to 70 or beyond. But, according to the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College (.pdf file), in practice the average man retires by age 64 and the average woman retires by age 62. For many, poor health is a factor in their decision to leave the workforce as early as they do; others leave the workforce involuntarily after layoffs.
Loveman, at least, seems to think these are minor hurdles. As he told Politico, "I am encouraged by how relatively easy these remedies really are." They undoubtedly seem easier to those whose pay averages $362,000 a year -- the median compensation for a private company CEO, according to Chief Executive magazine. (CEOs of larger, S&P 500 companies make much more, of course; Loveman has earned about $28 million over the past five years, according to Forbes.)
Snark at the expense of the 1% aside, in an ideal world, if the roundtable's proposal became law, it would be counterbalanced by a commitment from private sector employers to keep employing, training and, most importantly, insuring their employees for those additional three to five years. That would take some pressure off the federal budget without shifting the financial burden entirely to older workers. (Fingers crossed.)
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Modern guys will live to be an average age of 76.2 versus 81.3 for women, the IHME reports.
Just move it to what they really want.
Right, screw them rich batards. They can work till 70 cause of the millions they make off of us saps. Them people are socicalpaths. They care about themselves only. How about we just take the cap off of medicare and ss earnings and let them pay on all of their income just like we do. additionally lets do away with capital gains and tax it as normal income and put all that towards social security and medicare. additonally anyone who has a retirement income greater than $250k annually gets no entitlement to social security nor medicare. Here is your ticket to society you rich asses. Now payup! what nerve, sounds just like congress too.....
Love seeing those 70 year old construction workers building those highrises or those 70 y/o limo, long distance bus and 18 wheelers drivers cruising down the road fully loaded up at full speed and ready to rumble with the traffic. LOL
Lets keep these older folks on the job so these top 1%ers don't have to pay their fair share in taxes. Wonder how many of these (private) companies actually do matching fund in that 401k as they promised, much less offer a pension plan that pays more than 300 dollars per month?
Wonder if they will be keeping that 69 y/o mail room guy for another year? LOL
Love seeing those 691/2 year old cleaners cleaning those offices or doing landscaping breathing in those toxic fumes, crippled up with arthritis and respiratory problems.
Nothing like having that 69 year old nanny or household servant working away and running after those small kids. Keeps them active and engaged you know. LOL
Nothing like that 69 y/o firefighter, policeperson on the beat, teacher in the classroom, nurse in the hospital trying to lift those patients twice her size.
Wonder what will happen when the youngsters get out of college and start job hunting, what then, wait for a job to open up when that company employee turns 70?
Anyhoo, it is probably ok to have these older folks retire at an earlier age and starve between that age and 70 before they receive their Social Security pension that they paid their monies into all their work lives.
Solution to Social Security .... everyone must pay into it including the folks in Congress who should not have a different pension plan like they do now. All wages should be subject to FICA . There should be no cut off at the top end like there is now.
Anyway, why bother , these polititians are going to do what they chose to do to suit themselves and their donors anyway as they are not the ones being negatively affected by the policies that they put forth.
We can afford to spend billions and trillions on wars and rebuilding other countries trying to impress whomever, yet to do anything to benefit the masses in the USA.. it is a no go. LOL
As they say.... whatevvva....
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