ICYMI: Yes! Weekly: “Seniors Skeptical of Burr’s Medicare Plan”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
CONTACT: Matt Kravitz
 
ICYMI: Yes! Weekly: “Seniors Skeptical of Burr’s Medicare Plan”
 
“Senator Burr has been receiving backlash after he accepted money from insurance companies who support his Medicare program.”
 
“The senator seems to be backtracking on his own program as the election nears but will not give a stance on his plan. The plan would raise the standard premium by 9 percent, or about $240 annually.”
 
“Senator Richard Burr was no where to be seen as senior citizens visited his office in Winston-Salem recently to ask about his uncertain stance on Medicare.”
 
 “Dworkin, the president of Alliance for Retired Americans.… calls the voucher plan an ‘absolute horror.’”
 
RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina seniors are raising questions about why Senator Burr took more than $1 million from the insurance companies and wrote a plan to turn Medicare into a voucher system—and then tried to hide his harmful plan as Election Day got closer. But when seniors visited Senator Burr’s Winston-Salem office six weeks ago to get answers, he was “nowhere to be seen.”
 
As Yes! Weekly reports, seniors still want to know why Senator Burr puts his own interests and the special interests first when it comes to their Medicare.
 
 
“Senator Richard Burr was no where to be seen as senior citizens visited his office in Winston-Salem recently to ask about his uncertain stance on Medicare. Although Burr was not in his office, a representative was there and could not answer their questions….
   
“Senator Burr has been receiving backlash after he accepted money from insurance companies who support his Medicare program. Critics believe that Burr is interested more in special interest groups rather than the people he is representing after he received approximately $1 million in campaign donations from the insurance industry….
  
“The senator seems to be backtracking on his own program as the election nears but will not give a stance on his plan. The plan would raise the standard premium by 9 percent, or about $240 annually. The eligibility age would rise to 67 under Burr’s plan….
  
“Dworkin, the president of Alliance for Retired Americans, believes that raising the eligibility age would make it difficult for people who would face higher premiums for health insurance or higher out of pocket costs…
  
“The president of the Alliance for Retirees also stated that it isn’t feasible for people who are older to begin hunting for health insurance policies in regards to the voucher plan….Dworkin believes that Senator Burr does not have a core plan and calls the voucher plan an ‘absolute horror’.”
 
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