Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Councilman Sherman Lea holds roundtable discussion with seniors

Councilman Sherman Lea talks to seniors at Friendship Manor.

On Tuesday, Roanoke City Council member Sherman Lea held a roundtable with seniors at the Friendship Retirement Community. Lea discussed issues important to them in the upcoming presidential election, including Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan’s plans to turn Medicare into a voucher program and slash funding for Medicaid in order to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy. Because of the Romney-Ryan plan to turn Medicaid into a block grant program, over 200,000 people with Medicaid in Virginia could lose their health insurance, including many seniors in nursing homes he said.

The Romney-Ryan campaign counters that vouchers would be for only those under 55. It would transform Medicare into a quasi-voucher system, offering private plans alongside traditional Medicare explains the AARP. They propose allocating Medicaid block grants to the states allowing them flexibility in managing the Medicaid program’s enrollment criteria. Block grants would apply to food stamps as well.

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Election 2012, Elections, National, Politics, Roanoke City Politics

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Bubba Greene

October 4th, 2012 at 5:02 PM    

Right! A city council member holding a roundtable with seniors my ass. This dude is clearly making his pitch for BHO. First of all how many of these seniors are under 65? Dam few I’d say so medicaid does not even apply. Secondly, as the Romney camp says his plan as currently envisioned would not impact anyone over 55. This stinks. These people are easily frightened and lea is doing his part to scare them into voting for BHO. Stick it Sherman! God I hope I’m not that stupid when I get to the senior years!

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