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PNS Daily News - October 23, 2020 

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Higher Medicare Premiums Could Mean Trouble For Politicians

June 9, 2008

Lansing, MI - AARP is waving a big red flag about the potential for higher Medicare premiums and, with Congress poised to vote this month on raising them, the group's Michigan members are among those voicing strong opposition to the idea.

While the group stops short of pursuing a partisan agenda, Michigan AARP Government Affairs Director Felicia Wasson says a recent survey of its members shows two-thirds say they'll be less likely to vote for elected leaders who support another premium increase.

"The premiums have doubled since 2000, in large part because Congress has failed to make changes we feel are meaningful to the way Medicare pays physicians."

Of all the issues that the group handles on behalf of its members, Wasson adds, none has received more attention in recent months than this.

"We get lots of calls, lots of e-mails, on issues that are of importance to our members and, as you can imagine, the cost of Medicare premiums remains at the top of the list."

Another increase in premiums would result in more seniors avoiding doctor visits, Wasson says, although supporters of higher premiums are convinced it is the only way to keep the Medicare program solvent. Nationally, AARP has launched a campaign, "Keep Medicare Fair," to make sure Congress knows the feelings of older Americans who are struggling with Medicare costs.

Jim Mishler/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - MI