Obama Picks Romney Aide Who Knocked His Social Security Plan for Social Security Board

Lanhee Chen called the president's plan on retirement programs 'laughable'

  • Share
  • Read Later
Charles Dharapak / Associated Press

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is seen with Policy Director Lanhee Chen on their campaign plane as it flies to Salt Lake City, Utah, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

President Barack Obama announced Monday that he is nominating Lanhee Chen, Mitt Romney’s former top policy adviser, to the Social Security Advisory Board.

The independent and bipartisan board advises the president, Congress and the Commissioner of Social Security on the program, but does not have any decision-making authority. Chen, who served as the Romney campaign’s policy director and is a research fellow at the conservative Hoover Institution at Stanford University, was deeply critical of the president’s management of federal entitlement programs during the campaign.

“On retirement programs, the President’s plan is laughable,” Chen wrote in a memo to reporters two weeks before election day. “With both Social Security and Medicare on the path to insolvency, the President has proposed to do nothing. The Social Security and Medicare Trustees have concluded that doing nothing – the President’s plan – will result in seniors seeing their Social Security benefits cut by 25% in 2033 and that the Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund will be exhausted in 2024. As President-elect Obama acknowledged in early 2009, we can’t kick the can down the road any further. But rather than offering an honest proposal to protect and strengthen these programs, the President offers just more empty promises.”

Chen’s nomination follows Obama’s decision to appoint former Romney campaign counsel Ben Ginsberg as co-chair of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, which is reviewing ways to make voting easier.


Obama is a lying piece of excrement. He hates seniors and his goal all along has been to steal the money we paid for our SS accounts and throw us out into the street.


This what I hate about Obama he has this need to be so damn agreeable. He might win on Obamacare, but we will lose on SS and Medicare. He too damn inclined to cut these programs instead of building them up

If you folks think you can work until your 67, 68 think again. I am 65 and people are already upset that I haven't retired yet, taking their job etc..


@allthingsinaname During the Presidential debate, the President said he suspects his position on social security is much like Romney's. This nomination only verifies what the President admits. 

Obama isn't agreeable, he shares the 'conservative" position. Obama was groomed to pose as a liberal Democrat. He is nothing of the sort. You will soon find out when you have your social security slashed. 

Obama is to the right of Reagan on "entitlements".

This is enough to make me sick. Call or write the President. Tell him to protect social security by raising the cap on FICA contributions. I doubt that he will listen but at least have your voice heard. It worked with Syria.