Potential presidential hopeful Chris Christie's proposal to reform entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare was bold and makes a lot of sense, a public policy analyst said Tuesday.
The Republican governor of New Jersey laid out his plan during a speech in New Hampshire, the site of the first 2016 presidential primary. In it, he proposed pushing back the age of eligibility for Social Security and Medicare as part of his plan to cut deficits by $1 trillion over a decade.
"What the governor did today is he hugged the third rail and it's a discussion this country has to have," said Maya MacGuineas, the president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Government.
"These entitlement programs are on an unsustainable path, and if we do nothing in Social Security there will be abrupt automatic cuts of a quarter to a third to people who are on the program, including those who really depend on it."