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September 24, 2012

In Your Opinion: Schreibman's plan better for seniors

Schreibman’s plan better for seniors

Before giving candidates our votes, we need to know the facts. This is vital in this year when the election’s outcome will affect the future health of millions of Americans. Will we have affordable access to health care? Can we trust that Medicare and Medicaid will be there for seniors now and in the future?

The two individuals running to represent our district, Chris Gibson and Julian Schreibman, differ on what that future will look like.

Chris Gibson voted for the Ryan budget, which will convert Medicare to a voucher program and give seniors an allowance to buy insurance from private companies. The Congressional Budget Office concluded that Medicare beneficiaries will pay more in a voucher program than they currently pay and that the vouchers would not keep pace with the cost of health care, resulting in greater out-of-pocket costs for seniors.

Julian Schreibman supports traditional Medicare and measures that will strengthen it for the long term. Those measures include: 

- Reforming the Medicare prescription drug program to allow for negotiating for lower drug prices (as does the Department of Veterans Affairs).

- Ending millions in taxpayer subsidies to private insurance companies that provide no cost benefit to individual Medicare participants.

- Promoting coordinated care between doctors and hospitals and encouraging them to modernize information infrastructure, resulting in reduced administrative costs.

These are the facts. Think about them when you go to vote. Consider which future you believe is more secure for your parents, your grandparents, and for you and your children.

Renee Shur

Kinderhook

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