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Nancy Pelosi: We Must Preserve Medicare

Posted By Amy Goyer On April 30, 2011 @ 10:34 am In Caregiving | No Comments

Back with you again from the American Society on Aging’s annual “Aging in America” conference [1] in beautiful San Francisco. This afternoon in a general session, Leader Nancy Pelosi took the stage to a standing ovation. Her remarks were centered around preserving Medicare, Medicaid [2]and Social Security [3]. [4]

About Medicare, which was signed into place over 46 years ago by President Lyndon Johnson, she said it is the mainstay of health security for older Americans. She quoted a staggering estimate that the average senior’s cost for health care would go up by $6000 a year – for less benefits - if the new proposed federal budget [5]is passed.

“We cannot allow this to happen,” said Pelosi, stating that this is a question of American values. “We must be true to the principles of our founding fathers – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all. We must honor our commitment to Medicare.”

I don’t know about you, but if my health care costs went up by $6000 in a year, I’d be devastated. If my parents, who are in their 80′s, costs went up that much, they’d be bankrupt. How could American older adult’s handle the kinds of changes the proposed federal budget is calling for?


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[1] conference: http://www.agingconference.org/AiA11/index.cfm

[2] Medicare, Medicaid : http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/government-elections/info-04-2011/obama-deficit-plan.html

[3] Social Security: http://www.aarp.org/work/social-security/info-08-2009/keeping_Social_Security_strong.html

[4] Image: http://aarpblog.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/pills.jpg

[5] federal budget : http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/government-elections/info-04-2011/remake-of-medicare-and-medicaid.html

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