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AARP Thanks Congress for Keeping Medicare Fair, Overriding White House Veto
Date:7/15/2008

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"Today's vote is a victory for the 44 million Americans who depend on Medicare, and we applaud the Illinois Congressional Delegation for their continued support," said Bob Gallo, AARP Illinois State Director. "This bipartisan legislation will help more Americans afford their health care bills while bringing doctors' offices and pharmacies into the 21st century with e-prescribing. This bill would begin to bring down health care costs for millions of Americans, while reducing dangerous drug interactions with electronic prescriptions."

AARP has been advocating for several months to ensure that lawmakers keep Medicare fair for the people who depend on it when Congress addresses physician payment cuts. AARP has also been advocating for this bill's improvements to Medicare, particularly the low-income programs and electronic prescribing.

Since launching the "Keep Medicare Fair" initiative in April, AARP's grassroots volunteers and activists have sent more than 1.2 million messages to Congress and the White House. As part of this effort, an AARP survey released May 19 found that of adults 50-plus, 81 percent oppose additional increases to Medicare premiums and 66 percent are less likely to vote for a Member of Congress who supports those increases.

AARP notified the 110th Congress that it was tracking roll call votes on key legislation important to its 39 million members and reporting the outcomes of these votes back to its members.

"We believe people make the right choices when they understand the issues and positions taken by their elected officials. AARP intends to ensure that its members get that information," Gallo concluded.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates
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