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Statement by AARP CEO Bill Novelli on President Bush's State of the Union
Date:1/28/2008

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AARP CEO Bill Novelli made the following statement today in response to President Bush's State of the Union address:

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"We hope that the President's words tonight help move us beyond rhetoric and towards bipartisan solutions that are fair for all generations. Congress and the Administration must come together, openly debate all available options, and solve our health care and economic crises.

"Despite Washington's history of gridlock, the bipartisan compromise reached last week between the House and the Administration on an economic stimulus package is a good start. While quick action is critical, the Senate deserves an opportunity to make its mark on the compromise; the proposal now under development in the Finance Committee would better target relief to those who need it the most and more quickly stimulate the economy. But the recent bipartisan action is reason to be optimistic other such agreements are possible.

"We urge Congress and the Administration to continue this spirit of bipartisan cooperation to begin developing solutions to our most important domestic problems - ensuring access to affordable health care and lifetime economic security.

"As much of the country is focused on the election season, it is imperative that Washington not abandon the needs of the American people. While comprehensive health care reform and Social Security solvency legislation are not likely to be addressed before the 2008 presidential elections, Congress and the Administration have important opportunities this year to make progress toward the broader initiatives of affordable health care and retirement security. AARP stands ready to work with policymakers to secure enactment of health IT, comparative effectiveness research, and e-prescribi
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