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AARP Maryland Applauds Senate for Moving Health Care Reform Forward
Date:12/21/2009

BALTIMORE, Dec. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Senate this morning voted to move forward with health care reforms that will begin to bring needed relief to millions of Americans struggling with high costs and discriminatory insurance company practices. Pending legislation would protect and improve the guaranteed benefits that people in Medicare rely on, and make progress toward ending the rampant discrimination used by insurers to deny coverage to those who need it most.

AARP sent a letter to each Senate office informing them that the Association designated this morning's cloture vote on the manager's amendment to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act an "AARP Key Vote." AARP will report back to its members and the public how each Senator votes on the procedural measure that would allow the Senate to end debate and move towards a final up-or-down vote on the bill.

    MARYLAND                  VOTED YES TO CONTINUE            VOTED TO BLOCK
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                                 DEBATE ON HEALTH             DEBATE ON HEALTH
                                 ----------------             ----------------
                                    CARE REFORM                 CARE REFORM
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    Cardin, Ben                         X
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    Mikulski, Barbara                   X
    -----------------                  ---

** How a legislator votes on issues is only one factor in evaluating his or her legislative performance, which should also include such things as constituency services and committee work.

"AARP commends Senators Cardin and Mikulski for voting to move forward on health care reform to protect guaranteed Medicare benefits and help millions of Americans access affordable, quality health services,"
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