As the 2012 budget battle brews in Washington, D.C., we take a closer look at how proposed cuts to Medicare would affect people right here in West Central Ohio.
"If he's going to cut everything from the elder he should give us something in return like welfare, food stamps, whatever," Barbara Finn, a senior citizen, said.
Like many senior citizens, Finn depends on Medicare to get by. She says she and many of her friends couldn't get by without it.
"I'm struggling as far as my income is now and to do any different than that I wouldn't go along with it," Robert Neumeier, a senior citizen, said.
As politicians look for ways to cut the federal deficit by trillions of dollars, Medicare and Medicaid could be on the chopping block. President Obama proposed $480 billion in cuts to those programs by increasing efficiency and cutting spending on prescription drugs.
Republicans would rather have Medicare and Medicaid transformed into a voucher system run by the states.
"They tried that 15 years ago and it didn't work and they're trying it again, but you don't ask seniors to pay more money so you can give tax cuts to the wealthiest one or two percent in the country, it's just not fair," U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, said.
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