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2 former Wisconsin politicians push for "means test" for SS, Medicare benefits


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Two former politicians want Congress to require a means test in order to receive Social Security and Medicare benefits.

Former Democratic Governor Tony Earl and former House Republican Scott Klug of Madison urged Congress Thursday to consider the controversial budget-cutter.

Both men head the Wisconsin chapter of the “Campaign to Fix the Debt.” They say higher age and means limits for getting Medicare and Social Security would reduce the numbers of Americans getting those benefits – and would save money.

Congressional Democrats fear that means tests in entitlement programs would reduce the public’s overwhelming support for them. But Earl said he refuses to buy that argument. He said a means test would make sure those who are least able to support themselves would not live in poverty in their retirement years.

Earl and Klug also said Congress blew a chance to reduce the national debt in the deal that averted the fiscal cliff.

Klug said there should have been more measures to reduce the debt – and he said lawmakers from both parties need hear from people that more steps need to be taken.