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Politics: Idahoans Encouraged to “Give Commands … Make Demands”

September 13, 2007

Boise, ID - Idahoans are being encouraged to give commands and make demands as part of a new campaign that calls for citizens to get busy, repairing the healthcare system and making lifetime financial security possible for working families. "Divided We Fail" is part of a national effort by AARP to get people of all ages talking about their wishes for secure and healthy futures.

More than a thousand Idahoans, including U.S. Senator Mike Crapo, have signed pledges to get the word to elected leaders that family issues need to come first. Joe Gallegos, with AARP Idaho, says the topics aren't partisan issues, and that voters should demand accountability from elected officials. He believes voters feel "big money" influences action and that individuals lack a voice.

"We must find ways to reduce costs and bring transparency to the healthcare industry. And we need to remind voters that they have the power to influence lawmakers, perhaps much more power than they realize."

More information on the campaign can be found on the AARP Web site, at: www.dividedwefail.org.

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - ID