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Senior citizens voice Medicare concerns to local congressman

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POSTED: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 3:39pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 4:29pm

Medicare could be out of money by 2025, leaving some seniors in Louisiana fearing for their health care. Today Congressman Bill Cassidy tried to address those fears with a town hall meeting at the South Side Gardens Retirement Community.

With the battle over the budget raging in Washington, and the future of health care swinging in the middle of the those debates, people at the retirement community felt a bit more at ease by the end of the day. That’s because they got the chance to ask direct questions about how they will be impacted.

House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan authored a bill that would change the face of Medicare. That bill has passed through the House, but must still pass through the Senate. If passed, current Medicare recipients over the age of 55 would not feel any direct impact.

"It might not be so much for us, but for our children and grandchildren,” Muriel Gardiener, a current Medicare recipient told NBC33 News at today’s meeting. “They're the ones that are really going to feel it, you know. They won't have any because every 13 seconds they have somebody that goes on Medicare."

Ryan’s bill attempts to find funds for future generations by creating a plan that’s more flexible. It would operate similar to Medicare Plan D, which was a prescription benefits modification passed in 2003. That plan is backed by Republicans. Democrats, however, believe the proposal is too extreme.

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