More than 300 residents from eastern Nebraska and western Iowa are taking part in a conversation on the future of Social Security and Medicare today.
National AARP President Rob Romasco is leading the discussion about responsible solutions that will secure both programs. He says budget talks in Washington are underway and they have taken a stand to protect these benefits.
Romosco says AARP is very clear that the Social Security portion of the budget debate needs to be a separate issue and not part of solving the deficit problem. He says any decision made by Congress will impact the 300,000 in Nebraska receiving the benefit as well as veterans.
Regarding Medicare, Romasco says the focus should be reducing health care costs. He says if health care costs matched the growth of the economy we would solve 40% of the federal budget problem. He says there are many things that would help reduce the costs. Those include allowing Medicare to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies is one answer as well as getting generics to market faster.
Romasco urges everyone to get involved in the “You’ve Earned a Say” conversation on the future of Medicare and Social Security. This is to ensure that Americans do have paid into the system have a voice in the debate. Those wanting more information can log on to earnedasay.org.