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September 01, 2009 5:54 pm ET

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"AARP Agree Or Disagree"

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Hi there. 

This email is interesting, but I have some questions. 

The articles I've read say that the cuts they're talking about are going to be to the parts of Medicare that waste money and not benefits to actual seniors.  And why shouldn't we be using the money to treat seniors instead of wasting it on needless paperwork and on the few doctors who manipulate the system so as to receive a higher repayment? Here is one of those articles: http://www.newsweek.com/id/214254

Plus, the House bill increases payments made to doctors so that they can afford to take in more seniors.  I know I want my doctor to get paid more so they can continue to afford to treat me.  I read that without an act of Congress, my doctor could get paid around 20% less for treating Medicare patients next year.  I don't want to risk losing my regular doctor. 

You, I'm sure, are entirely aware that prescriptions cost way too much.  The New York Times says that this bill will decrease the amount seniors will have to pay for their medications.  If the bill doesn't pass, the price of prescriptions will go up 20% in the next ten years.  If you want to read that article, here is the link - http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/31/health/policy/31drug.html

And, frankly, I'm tired of people trying to tell me that the government is going to deny seniors life saving care.  Congress would never write a law like that, mostly because they're good people but also because more seniors vote than any other group!  Politicians are smart - they're not going to tell the largest group of voters they can't go to the doctor.

AARP and President Obama are working towards making health care affordable for all Americans - including seniors!  Those efforts will mean changes, but isn't it worth it if everyone will be able to afford to go see a doctor?  Imagine where you would be now if you hadn't been able to go see a doctor when you were younger.

Look - if nothing changes, Medicare will go broke.  Something has to give, and I'm not willing to give up on this program. 

Let's talk soon.


For additional information on health insurance reform that benefits America's seniors, please visit the following sites:

PolitiFact.com

AARP

Congressional Budget Office (CBO)

Washington Post

Newsweek



 


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