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AARP Georgia Opposes a Voucher System for Medicare and 'Age Rating' for Insurance


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Statement from Melissa Sinden (like "Linden")--AARP Georgia's advocacy director--in:
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(SINDEN):
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A VOUCHER-SYSTEM FOR MEDICARE WOULD HURT HARDWORKING GEORGIANS WHO'VE PAID INTO THE PROGRAM THEIR ENTIRE WORKING-LIVES--HITTING THOSE NEAR RETIREMENT-AGE THE HARDEST.  THE ONE-POINT-FOUR-MILLION GEORGIANS WHO RELY ON MEDICARE--AND THE WORKERS WHO ARE PAYING IN--WOULD FACE INCREASED COSTS, AND MORE RISKS, THAT THEY CAN'T AFFORD.  PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS CRYSTAL-CLEAR ABOUT HIS POSITION ON MEDICARE, DURING THE ELECTION:  IT'S A DEAL MADE WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE--AND ONE [THAT] HE INTENDS TO HONOR.  ALSO, WHEN IT COMES TO HEALTH-INSURANCE PREMIUMS, INSURERS ARE CURRENTLY PROHIBITED FROM CHARGING OLDER ADULTS MORE THAN THREE TIMES WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE CHARGED.  BUT, SOME WANT TO INCREASE THIS 'AGE TAX', TO FIVE TIMES THE AMOUNT--OR MORE.  UNDER SUCH A CHANGE, THE AVERAGE 60-YEAR-OLD COULD PAY OVER THREE-THOUSAND DOLLARS MORE, EACH YEAR--REPRESENTING AN UNFAIR TAX ON OLDER WORKERS THAT WOULD LINE THE POCKETS OF BIG INSURANCE-COMPANIES."



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