Pelosi talking to local seniors in SW Houston

August 8, 2011 10:02:16 AM PDT
Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is leading a forum in southwest Houston today. The subject? The importance of preventing cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

The event is hosted by Congressman Al Green and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, but the person who about 300 seniors came to see was Pelosi.

The recent debate in Washington over how to address the nation's debt crisis generated concern among some seniors that the benefits many rely on for both healthcare and income after retirement could potentially be reduced or eliminated. Ultimately, though, the bipartisan debt deal did not touch these entitlement programs.

While quoting President Lyndon B. Johnson, Congresswoman Pelosi promised to protect them against any proposed cuts in the future.

"He said, 'No longer will older Americans be denied the healing miracle of modern medicine. No longer will illness crush and destroy the savings seniors have so carefully put away over a lifetime so they may enjoy dignity in their later years,'" quoted Pelosi. "With the stroke of a pen, he made that transformation, but now in Washington, with the stroke of a law that they hope to pass, there are those who would repeal, would eliminate, those securities."

Later on, Congresswoman Pelosi is expected to field questions from local seniors about their benefits. One concern some have is about the reduction in compensation that has been made to healthcare providers. Those cuts are causing some doctors to opt out of Medicare.

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