President is 'wrong' to consider raising retirement age, Dem senator says

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said Tuesday that the president is "wrong" to consider raising the eligibility age for retirement benefits.

Raising the eligibility age for Medicare benefits would be one way to raise revenue for the government without increasing taxes. The Huffington Post reported Monday that President Obama might be willing to agree to raise the Medicare age from 65 to 67 as part of a deal with Republicans to raise the debt ceiling.

“The people who cavalierly say we can raise the retirement age probably don’t know people who work in a diner or in construction or in manufacturing or in retail and had their knees go out in their 40s or 50s,” Brown told Greg Sargent, a blogger at The Washington Post's The Plum Line.

“Elected officials don’t know enough people who work outside in winter and work in construction and in retail and diners. Members of Congress work into their 70s — it’s not hard for us," he said.

Brown told Sargent that he didn't know the details of a possible deal yet, but would oppose it if an increase in the retirement age was included.

The Ohio senator, who is up for reelection in 2012, has introduced legislation that would tie the retirement age for lawmakers to the Social Security retirement age.