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Posted on September 3, 2013

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BAD POLICY DECISIONS HURT SENIORS

Congress and the White House will soon engage over budgetary issues and the national debt.

They will debate political theory, public policy, and fiscal management. They will fight over budgets and taxes. The outcome is hardly predictable.

The result of this epic annual struggle will impact millions of Americans, particularly older people. Ill-advised decisions negatively affect the health and well-being of older people, and they will result in an increase in federal and state budgets.

For example, sequestration cuts made in supportive meal services for the elderly as authorized under the Older Americans Act must be stopped. Some elderly people do not get one balanced meal a day. This cannot happen again.

Some in Congress want to cut Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Data confirms that older people live longer and function at a higher level today than in 1965 when Medicare, Medicaid and Older Americans Act were enacted into law. These programs have reduced nursing home admission of elders without children, thus reducing federal and state spending. To cut these programs would mean more government in the long run.

Senior citizens need to contact their representatives in Congress and ask them to find budget cuts elsewhere.

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