2012 elections

In Key Debates, Senate Candidates Make No Mention of Medicare, Social Security

Posted on 09/20/2012 by |Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsMedicare and retirement security have been hot issues in this year’s congressional campaigns, made even more critical with control of the Senate up for grabs. But you wouldn’t know it from watching some of the debates in key battleground states. See also: AARP calls for presidential debates to address Social Security, Medicare Debate season kicked off this week with nary a reference to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and retirement issues – even as candidates in both parties hammered each other …

On the Ground: How Medicare Is Playing in Congressional Races

Posted on 08/20/2012 by |Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsNew York Times (8/15): Medicare Fight Recasts Races For Congress The fight over Medicare, the popular federal health care program for older Americans, is rapidly intensifying in House and Senate races around the nation after the selection of Rep. Paul D. Ryan as the Republican vice-presidential candidate. Congressional Democrats and some analysts say that development could transform the fight for control of Congress, given his role as the author of a House-approved budget plan that would reshape Medicare. Philadelphia Inquirer …

In St. Louis, Older Voters See Two Big Problems: The Economy, and Politicians

Posted on 07/20/2012 by |Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsSusan Milligan has been visiting six Election 2012 battleground states to talk with 50-plus voters for a report that will be published in the September issue of the AARP Bulletin. She posted this from Missouri. There’s a lot of dissension around the table at the OASIS center in St. Louis, a place where people 50 and older volunteer to tutor children and help them learn the importance of healthy living. Some of the OASIS volunteers like President Obama; others like …