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Battleground States in the Fight for Medicaid Expansion

Posted on 03/31/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsA few days ago, the Maine legislature passed a bill — for the third time — that would expand affordable health coverage for nearly 70,000 residents who earn up to $15,000 a year. These hard-working Mainers — our friends, neighbors, even family — may have lost their jobs or are working in jobs that don’t offer health coverage. Gov. Paul LePage has already vetoed two similar bills to expand Medicaid, which would not only help the thousands of Mainers who …

This Week in Boomer History: LBJ Won’t Run … Beatles on Top … MLK Killed

Posted on 03/30/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

PoliticsNotable events from our shared experience. RCA Victor introduces the world’s first 45 rpm record on March 31, 1949. Country music star Eddy Arnold’s “Texarkana Baby” is on the A side; his “Bouquet of Roses” is on the flip side. The 45 soon becomes the medium of choice for listening to and sharing music among teens. On March 31, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson tells the nation he won’t run for reelection. (“I shall not seek, and I will not accept …

Older Voters Split in Terms of Party ID

Posted on 03/27/2014 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsWhile a new Gallup Poll finds that voters 65 and older have moved from “a reliably Democratic to a reliably Republican group” over the past two decades, voters in the next-oldest age bracket — 50 to 64 — haven’t followed suit and still show an outright preference for the Democratic Party. In analyzing its own survey results from 2013, 2003 and 1993, Gallup concludes that the shifts in party preferences are attributable in part to attitudinal changes that come into …

Answers About the Health Care Law Deadline

Posted on 03/25/2014 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsTime is almost up. March 31 is the last day this year for most people to sign up for health coverage made available by the Affordable Care Act. If you have started the process and encountered problems, you have until April 15 to request an extension. “Remember, if you don’t have health insurance you may have to pay a penalty, and if you do get sick, you won’t be turned away from an emergency room but you will leave with a …

Family Caregivers, CARE Act Gain Support

Posted on 03/24/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsAloha! After a busy few weeks of travel to fight for family caregivers — and enjoying some warm Hawaii sunshine in between meetings — I’m back in chilly D.C. with news to report. First, I had the pleasure of spending time with AARP Hawaii as it works to pass the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act and support the 247,000 family caregivers in Hawaii — as well as the seniors these caregivers help to live independently, at home. Throughout the week, we …

Robert Strauss: Capital Dealmaker, ‘Everybody’s Friend’

Posted on 03/24/2014 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsRobert S. Strauss, who died March 19 at age 95, was a Washington insider back when that was a compliment. The New York Times obituary called the former Democratic chairman a “kingmaker” in a bygone era when party leaders held a lot more power. “A loud, sometimes profane backslapper, he made his name in the nation’s capital as a persuasive back-room trouble-shooter, a virtuoso of hardball negotiation and gentle suasion,” BusinessWeek wrote. Strauss helped some Democrats like Jimmy Carter get …