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AARP Applauds Senate for Moving Health Care Reform Forward

December 21, 2009

AARP Media Relations,

AARP Applauds Senate for Moving Health Care Reform Forward

WASHINGTON—AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond released this statement following the Senate’s vote to move forward with health care reform. AARP designated this morning’s cloture vote on the manager’s amendment to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as an “AARP Key Vote.” The Association will record and report back to its members and the public how each Senator votes on the procedural measure that will allow the Senate to end debate and move towards a final up-or-down vote on the bill. LeaMond’s statement follows:

“This morning, the Senate voted to move forward with debate on health care reforms that will begin to bring needed relief to millions of Americans struggling with high costs and insurance company discrimination. The Senate bill protects the guaranteed benefits that people in Medicare rely on, and makes progress toward ending the rampant discriminatory tactics used by insurers to deny coverage to those who need it most.

“While we will continue to work with Senators to improve the bill to completely close the Medicare doughnut hole and crack down further on health insurer age discrimination, we applaud them for taking the next step toward enacting real health care reform.

“We look forward to the Senate passing its final bill and moving to the House-Senate conference committee where lawmakers can make the final improvements needed to enact health care reform that works for our members and all older Americans.”

AARP notified the 111th Congress that it was tracking roll call votes on key legislation important to its nearly 40 million members and reporting the outcomes of these votes back to its members and all older Americans at AARP’s Government Watch is a one-stop online portal that will be tracking and publicizing every designated Key Vote on issues facing Americans age 50-plus. A “Key Vote Summary” highlighting votes on these issues will be published at the end of each congressional session.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 35.5 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's nearly 40 million members and Americans 50+; AARP Segunda Juventud, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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