When House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi turned 74 earlier this year, House Speaker John Boehner sent the avowed chocolate lover ice cream and gelato from Graeter's, a chain from back in his home state of Ohio.
She returned the favor Monday with a treat that wasn't quite as sweet: a Twitter jab
on his age.
Boehner got a similar birthday greeting from Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who also is chair of the Democratic National Committee.
Both issues are near and dear to Democrats, reports USA Today
, and the tweets were a pointed tease at Boehner, who has long advocated changes to both programs.
The speaker quickly responded on Twitter, with an offer for Democrats to work with the GOP-controlled House to save both programs from insolvency.
Ironically, based on changes he has backed in the past, Boehner would not be eligible for either program for several years, reports Salon
In addition to endorsing a push to raise the eligibility age for Medicare recipients to 67, he has also backed raising the Social Security age to age 70. He has also endorsed a plan by Wisconsin GOP Rep. Paul Ryan to convert Medicare into a voucher system and has called for changes in inflation measures that calculate Social Security.
In any case, it didn't take someone long to correct Pelosi's tweet, reports The Washington Post
. Bloomberg tax policy reporter Richard Rubin clarified,
in a tweet, that Boehner has actually been eligible for Social Security since the age of 62, but would not be able to collect all of his benefits until he turns 66:
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