AARP Combating Healthcare and Budget Confusion - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA

AARP Combating Healthcare and Budget Confusion

 By: Jason Rantala

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jrantala@myabc5.com

There's plenty of confusion to go around when it comes to things like Obamacare and the budget deficit, especially for those over 50, the AARP says.

The AARP is trying to clear up that confusion and let older Americans know they have a voice by conducting town hall–style meetings called "You've Earned A Say."

The meetings, most recently held in Omaha, are meant to help people better understand. 

"The Affordable Care Act is a significant step forward, but it's really confusing to people," said AARP President Rob Romasco.

The AARP helps to explain what the Affordable Care Act is and how it affects older Americans.

Romasco says Obamacare is a good thing for seniors, because it strengthens medicare, while adding extra benefits.

"Medicare is still there and it's stronger than it ever was before," he says.

Romasco says that while money is starting to dry up, he says it has more to do with high healthcare costs, and not medicare.

If the country can get healthcare costs to slow down then close to half of the budget problem goes away, he says.

As for social security, Romasco says that should not be involved in the budget discussion. It should be dealt with on its own.

"With pensions gone, savings more and more difficult, social security has become even more important, so how do we address social security, make it strong for our children and their children."

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