With Supreme Court Medicare decision pending, Eau Claire area retirees share concerns

By: Joe Nelson Email
By: Joe Nelson Email

EAU CLAIRE, Wisc. (WEAU) With a Supreme Court decision on the future of Medicare expected this week, dozens of retirees gathered in Eau Claire Tuesday to voice their opinions.

The Association of American Retired Persons held a town hall meeting in Eau claire to hear local retirees' concerns about medicare and social security.

"What people live on or thought they could live on years ago isn't reaching today," Augusta retiree Don Strauch said.

"People now are uninsured completely, or under-insured or live every day in fear that the rising price of healt hcare is going to price them out completely," AARP advocacy director Lisa Lamkins said.

On Thursday, the supreme court is scheduled to decide whether to keep the Affordable Care Act in place, opposed by Republicans, that the president said saves retirees and people with disabilities billions of dollars in medications.

"Millions of americans have benefitted from reduced drug prices by closing the donut hole in Medicare Part D which is the prescription part of Medicare," Lamkins said.

"I hope the Supreme Court keeps everything intact," Eau Claire retiree Lani Madis said.

With the threat of having to pay more for medication, AARP started this 'You've Earned a Say' effort to hear from its members.

"I certainly don't want government dipping into social security funds help them get out of debt, or whatever their problem is," Strauch said.

"People have paid their way into those programs and deserve to know what's the future of them and have a voice in what the future looks like," Lamkins said.

"Biggest concerns are medications, falling into donut hole and are having difficulty making a decision on whether to take medication or buy food. We should not be at that point in America," Madis said.

In terms of the AARP's stance on the health care bill, Lamkins said it wants to strengthen benefits for its members, and isn't getting into the politics of it.

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