Medicare is top issue for seniors during election season

Louisiana Politics

POSTED: Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 5:00pm

UPDATED: Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 5:04pm

With just five days left until Election Day candidates are still trying to make their best pitches to sway undecided voters. Their latest chance came in front of hundreds of senior citizens at Baton Rouge General Hospital on Thursday. And while crime and other issues, like unemployment, were important to them there was one issue that was on the minds of this 65 and older crowd.

"The federal government is my lifeline. Medicare is my life,” says senior citizen Joe Wilson, Jr.

"Medicare number one," states Mildred Mars.

"Medicare," says Genie Bruno.

These seniors are worried that with money tight any changes to Medicare could leave them without the coverage many of them badly need.

"We're getting older and some people don't care about us old people...I want to hear that we're still going to get it...because we live on a fixed income," says Bruno.

"I need to know if it's going to last. I'm older. I need more care…If I get sick I won't have to worry about if I will be able to pay the hospital bill, doctor bill," says Mars.

Politicians can't afford to forget about senior citizens. According to U.S. News and World Report more than 60% of them cast a ballot in the 2010 election. That's compared to only 46% of all U.S. citizens. And it's a vote they don't take for granted.

"So many people, especially in our race, have lost their lives for this privilege. This is what makes a difference. That’s one of the reasons why I’m here,” says Wilson, Jr.

And they promise to make their voices heard on Election Day.

“We have to vote. We have to get involved. In order to be a good American you can't be left out," says Wilson, Jr.

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