2012 AARP Voters’ Guide |
New York House District 21
How would you put Medicare on stronger financial ground and protect today’s seniors and future retirees from the burden of rising health costs?
• Medicare should be strengthenedand improved so both current andfuture generations can count onhaving access to high-quality,affordable coverage.• Medicare should continue toguarantee a specific set of benefitsthat are affordable and meet aperson’s health care needs.• Medicare should offer choicesthat ensure access to high-quality health care.• Medicare should improve thequality, safety, and efficiency of care by emphasizing value andcracking down on fraud, waste,and abuse.
Matthew A. Doheny (Rep):
AARP did extensive research but was unable to find any statementon this issue made by thecandidate.
Bill L. Owens (Dem):
We must ensure that successfulprogram is preserved andstrengthened for the hardworkingpeople that paid into the system.That’s why I’ve supportedlegislation to change the formulafor determining the yearly Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA), soseniors are fairly compensated forthe rising costs of healthcare andother expenses…We must alsofocus on job growth to increasecontributions to the trust fund.Iam opposed to privatizing thesystem or reducing benefits forcurrent beneficiaries in any way,but I am committed to workingacross the aisle and findingsolutions that benefit allAmericans, young andold.(Source: Bill Owens forCongress; http://ow.ly/bLl1u)