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Your Views: Don’t let GOP in Congress gut Medicare benefits

POSTED: April 29, 2011 9:57 a.m.

The recession is far from over and so many people in our community are struggling to pay their bills, find a decent job and make a good life for their kids. Yet this reality has seemingly gone unnoticed by Rep. Tom Graves and the Republicans in Washington, D.C. The Republicans just passed a budget that would abolish Medicare as we know it, while doling out even more tax cuts for the rich.

The Republicans are endangering a program that provides vital health care services to most Americans over the age of 65. Its downright irresponsible to leave seniors health care to the mercy of private insurance companies.

Our 9th District representative, Graves, voted for this Republican budget and put tax cuts for millionaires before the health and well-being of seniors.

It is time to tell Rep. Graves and all the Republicans in Congress that enough is enough. Programs that protect our parents and grandparents, like Medicare, should not be on the chopping block to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy.

Marsha Richter, Dr. Robert Bouwman
Gainesville



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