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Thursday, July 14, 2011   

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are all tangled up together during Congressional talks to raise the country's debt ceiling. Proposals on the table to keep the country solvent include cuts to many programs, and AARP leaders are in Washington D.C., today to make the case that some of those cuts are too harmful.

Paul Chase, AARP Indiana associate state director of public policy, says back at home, his organization has been encouraging the public to pay attention to the issue because there's so much at stake.

"We want to make sure people are aware that this is a real and a very dangerous threat, in terms of the potential cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid."

More than 1 million Hoosiers rely on Social Security, and almost that many use Medicare insurance.

Bob White and his wife, Jeffersonville, are two of the faces behind those Social Security and Medicare numbers. He says cuts would create personal hardship for them.

"We have continual things we need to take care of. In the case of my wife, who is recovering from cancer, she is taking drugs, and it's a big cost for her."

Paul Chase says there is agreement that federal spending does need to be cut, but there are other budget solutions that should be on the table, too.

"In some years, large corporations don't end up paying any taxes. We also should look at eliminating waste and abuse in government spending in general and, in particular, in the health care system overall."

Details on proposed cuts and implications are on the AARP website, www.AARP.org.


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