NEWS: Bernie Releases Video Contrasting His Social Security Record With Bloomberg

The video sets the stage for tonight's presidential primary debate in Nevada

In advance of tonight’s presidential debate in Nevada, Bernie 2020 released a new video spotlighting billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s efforts to raise the Social Security and Medicare eligibility age, and to raise Medicaid co-pays so that it is harder for low-income families to access medical care. The new video contrasts Bloomberg’s record with Bernie’s efforts to stop those policies.

Click here to watch the video.

Bloomberg’s record pushing to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid is particularly important because Bloomberg News’ own correspondent Steven Dennis recently reported that “McConnell has told me he hopes to work with next Democratic President to trim Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid. Says you need bipartisan deal to do so.”

The new video from the Bernie 2020 campaign comes out on the same day as a new report details Bloomberg’s efforts to demonize the AARP. That report in the American Prospect details Bloomberg’s consistent attacks on Social Security and Medicare. Here is an excerpt:

In February 2011 (Bloomberg) told TIME magazine that Social Security was like Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. He told Fox News in April 2011 that Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security “need to be addressed,” and praised Ryan again, because “at least people are now talking about whether we can afford to continue to do what we've been doing.” In a signature speech at the Center for American Progress that November, he proposed $8 trillion in deficit reduction to balance the federal budget, including endorsing the recommendation of the Bowles-Simpson committee to gradually increase the retirement age. He described it as “reasonable entitlement reform.”

This continued in 2012, in an appearance on the now-defunct online news channel HuffPost Live. Bloomberg said that “we just can’t continue” with Medicare as it is, adding, “if we don’t do things like increasing the age at which you qualify for Social Security, you qualify for Medicare, or copays on Medicare and Medicaid so people think twice and only do things that are necessary, we’re just not going to be able to afford it.” He made the same call for rationing public insurance coverage to prevent the poor from accessing “too much” care with his friend, disgraced journalist Charlie Rose, on CBS News that year. He wanted to make sure “the services [Medicare and Medicaid recipients] use will be those that are really needed and not stuff that would be nice to have.” By the end of that year, Bloomberg was saddened in a Washington Post op-ed that proposed cuts to entitlements were “less than what I and many others believe are necessary to maximize long-term growth.”

Bern after reading,