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AARP Statement on CNN Debate in Las Vegas

Las Vegas - Tonight's debate was breathtakingly lacking in the questions and answers regarding the issues AARP members care about the most.

Skyrocketing health care costs affect everyone. Being able to afford to retire or wondering if it will be possible to have a piece of the American Dream concerns all Americans.

With the Congressional Budget Office this week pointing out how health care costs account for 90 percent of the projected growth in federal health care spending, and two states--California and Illinois--both struggling with health care reform proposals, it is time for the health care conversation in this country to undergo a radical change. Instead of focusing on program cuts, our leaders need to focus on holding down health care costs throughout the system - for individuals, employers, and government. It is time to break the gridlock and for action on these issues.

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