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Bob Eppler is volunteer state president for AARP in Nebraska.

AARP volunteer and staff leaders from Nebraska and every other state in the nation visited Capitol Hill today to express opposition to the President’s proposed Social Security benefit cut known as Chained CPI and to support responsible solutions to strengthen Medicare. Meeting with members of Nebraska’s congressional delegation and their staff, AARP Nebraska urged our representatives to have a separate debate on Social Security and to back specific proposals that would strengthen Medicare and the health care system overall.

“Our families, friends, and neighbors want Washington to listen to them when it comes to Medicare and Social Security,” said Bob Eppler, volunteer state president of AARP Nebraska. “They’ve made their voices heard online, at community meetings and events all over our state and today we’ve brought their message to Washington with the hope that we can go home and tell Nebraskans that Congress will strengthen these lifeline programs that matter so much to us.”

In addition to pushing for a broader retirement security debate on Social Security that is separate from ongoing budget negotiations, AARP Nebraska leaders discussed embracing health care reforms that eliminate waste and improve care in order to drive positive change throughout the entire health care system and bring down health care costs for everyone, including in Medicare. 

By taking action on items that include reducing waste and inefficiency, improving care coordination, and reforming Medicare’s payment incentives to doctors and hospitals in Nebraska for providing good care, Medicare can remain strong into the future.

AARP will continue to oppose harmful cuts and push for responsible change to strengthen Medicare and Social Security when they return home from Washington. Learn more about responsible solutions for sustaining Medicare and Social Security now and for the future.

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