Thousands of Idaho Seniors: "We're Not Pushovers"


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Armed with more than 20,000 petitions, Idaho seniors are fanning out today dropping off the documents to the local offices of Idaho's congressional delegation. Their message: hands off our Medicare and Social Security.


The petitions are part of a nationwide effort calling on lawmakers to take Social Security and Medicare benefits off the table for any deficit negotiations that are happening on Capitol Hill. In Idaho, more than 260,000 (17 percent of the population) receive Social Security. For one in four Idaho seniors, SSI accounts for 90 percent of their income. Additionally, 226,000 Idahoans count on Medicare for access to health care, ranging from prescription drugs to a visit to their doctor's office.


"Idaho seniors are no pushovers," Jim Wordelman, state director for AARP Idaho, said this morning. "These petitions represent real voices of Idahoans who've worked hard to earn their Social Security and Medicare, and don't want to see benefits cut to pay the nation's bills."

To date, nearly 4.5 million petitions have been signed across the country and will be delivered to Congress over the next week.


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