It’s not the first time this idea has been kicked around but yesterday it was presented in remarkably stark terms, considering the source was a politician. House Minority Leader John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that in the face of massive federal deficits and a potentially crippling national debt it was time to have a frank conversation with the American public about the sustainability of Social Security. "We're all living a lot longer than anyone ever expected," Boehner told the newspaper editorial board. "And I think that raising the retirement age — going out 20 years, so you're not affecting anyone close to retirement — and eventually getting the retirement age to 70 is a step that needs to be taken." Boehner also counseled hard decisions for politicians and the public alike: "We just need to be honest with people," he said. "I'm not suggesting it's going to be easy, but I think if we did those three things, you'd pretty well solve the problem." Are you willing to delay your Social Security to help bring down the debt?
Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-California’s 31st District; Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus; member of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility & Reform
Andrew Biggs, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute; former deputy commissioner of the Social Security Administration in the Bush Administration