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AARP Idaho – Time to Say “Yes” to Helping Families

January 19, 2009

Boise, ID – Here's a snapshot of economic worries in Idaho for the 45-plus set. One-third are worried about affording house payments or rent this year, and about half say they don't know if they’ll be able to pay their medical bills, according to an AARP survey.

The organization's Idaho State Director, Jim Wordelman, says the statistics show just how decades of not being able to reform health care and help families gain financial security are affecting families now.

"People are not getting the medical care that they need. They're cutting pills in half. They're paying less and less into their retirement funds to continue to pay for groceries and mortgages."

The "good news," according to Wordelman, is that the time is right to tackle serious issues, and there's been a positive tone towards that in the new Congress.

"It's time for all of our political figures and elected officials to work together in a bi-partisan fashion to come up with solutions."

AARP's "Divided We Fail" campaign has delivered more than one million pledges to the new Congress, with thousands of the pledges from Idaho, that call for saying "yes" to health care reform, family financial security, and for an end to partisan bickering.

Deborah Smith/Deb Courson, Public News Service - ID