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Have "Your Say" on Social Security, Medicare at Ohio State Fair

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July 25, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio - There's more to the Ohio State Fair this year than food, games and rides. Ohioans also will have a chance to make their voices heard in the debate about the future of Social Security and Medicare.

AARP Ohio has what it calls a "listening post" right on the midway to gather people's thoughts about how to strengthen the programs. Americans have worked hard for these benefits, says AARP volunteer Virgil Reed, adding that he believes they've earned the right to know what changes politicians are considering to the programs.

"We're really seeking a no-nonsense conversation about these issues, and unfortunately, when elected officials speak about the future of Social Security and Medicare, they are usually talking to each other - and not Ohioans who depend on these programs to survive."

While Social Security and Medicare are financially stable for a few more years, there is growing concern about their future. Reed is encouraging people to stop by the AARP exhibit and share their views about which proposals they would support - and which they would oppose.

"This debate is just beginning, and the stakes are very high. Ohioans have earned a right to be heard, and AARP wants to make sure that they get that opportunity."

Being at the Ohio State Fair will allow AARP to hear from many people it might not have been able to reach otherwise, Reed says. The goal is to collect as many responses as possible.

"Any reforms that are made to Social Security and Medicare should be part of a broad effort to make sure that retirement security for hard-working Americans is something that will be sustained for future generations, as well as seniors today."

Surveys will be collected at the listening post, and AARP will combine the results to include in its proposals to Congress after the November election. The exhibit will be at the state fair through Sunday. Reed says those who are not attending the fair can complete a survey online at

Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - OH