Proposed cuts to Social Security and Medicare has AARP on edge
July 7th, 2011
Omaha, NE – During a public meeting at a senior center in South Omaha Wednesday, local AARP representatives assured a group of about 200 people that they will keep fighting against proposed cuts to senior benefits.
In order to reduce the national debt, Congress is considering some major cuts to Medicare and Social Security benefits, which has some senior citizens worried about their financial future. About 200 people attended a meeting organized by the American Association of Retired Persons, or AARP, in Omaha Wednesday. The meeting was described in a release by AARP as a “field hearing on harmful cuts to Medicare and Social Security that Congress is considering as part of a deal to pay the nationâ€™s bills.”
Mary Angus attended the meeting, and said she gets Social Security disability insurance, and that she canâ€™t survive on less. â€œI spent 15 years living with my parents,” she said. “They bought the food, they paid the rent. Iâ€™m trying to pay some of that back.”
“If I didnâ€™t have Medicare, if it didnâ€™t cover me in some way shape or form, Iâ€™d be in big trouble,” Angus added. “Thereâ€™s no way I could make it.”
Several local AARP representatives were on hand to answer questions. Lloyd Peddleten Jr. is the Omaha Vice President of the AARP.
â€œSomething that our seniors citizens value the most is their income.” he said. “Theyâ€™re not going to be here forever, and they want to enjoy lifeâ€¦.without the income that theyâ€™re entitled to, some people wonâ€™t be able to do it.â€
Organizers say people need to make sure their elected representatives in Congress fully understand how cuts will affect the seniors in the Omaha community, the state of Nebraska and throughout the country.