Jon Huntsman on Social Security
In his announcement speech for the Presidency, Governor Huntsman stated that the current path of social security and other entitlements was not sustainable. He has continued this theme throughout the presidential campaign noting numerous times that Americans must accept that social security and Medicare will be different in the future.
One of the changes that must be made to social security is the implementation of means testing to both social security and Medicare. This would reward social security and Medicare benefits only to those that the government deems need the benefits from a financial basis. Those that have the means to pay for their own retirement would not be entitled to social security benefits.
In keeping with a means testing approach, Governor Huntsman has called for a shared sacrifice from those capable of sacrificing. He has stated that he would consider raising the money collected from the wealthiest of Americans to help make up the costs of social security.
In June of 2011, Governor Huntsman announced his candidacy for President. In his announcement speech, he noted that if something was not done social security, Medicare, and Medicaid would consume almost all of the US government's income.
And we must make hard decisions that are necessary to avert disaster. If we don't, in less than a decade, every dollar of federal revenue will go to covering the costs of Medicare, Social Security and interest payments on our debt. Meanwhile, we'll sink deeper in debt to pay for everything else - from national security to disaster relief. Our country will fall behind the productivity of other countries. Our influence in the world will wane. Our security will be more precarious. The 21st Century then will be known as the end of the American Century. We can't accept this, and we won't.
Road to the White House
In August of 2011, Governor Huntsman was featured on CSPAN's Road to the White House. He is asked if means testing should be allowed for social security and responds that it absolutely should be on the table.
In August of 2011, Governor Huntsman was interviewed by PBS NewsHour and discussed the subject of social security. He states his support for means testing and that there are some populations that do not need social security and Medicare and that he would move to end the benefits portion for those who do not need the program and increase the payment portion for those who can afford it.
TEA Party Debate
In September of 2011, Governor Huntsman appeared in the TEA Party debate in Tamp Bay, Florida. He stated that solutions were available for those that wanted them. He noted the Paul Ryan plan as one solution.
 Website: Talking Points Memo Article: Jon Huntsman: America Is On The Brink Of Disaster Author: Evan McMorris-Santoro Accessed on: 08/19/2011