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Medicare, Social Security Reform Talks

Possible Medicare and Social Security reforms were the hot topics at a recent program hosted by Jewish Family Service.
Possible Medicare and Social Security reforms were the hot topics at a recent program hosted by Jewish Family Service.

The guest speakers were Wanda Campbell, who is a volunteer with Citizen Action and a retired social worker and Ben Kasper, who is a Professor Emeritus of Social Science at SUNY Broome. Kasper says both programs need reforming, because they're not sustainable in the long-term the way they're being run. One idea under consideration for social security is to reduce the inflation rate for monthly social security checks. Kasper says changing the Medicare system is the most daunting task.

"The whole system needs to be examined very carefully. Where you can save some costs without sacrificing the quality of care for patients, that's really the challenge I think," said Kasper.

Wanda Campbell has a differing view. She says Social Security is not in crisis and any long-term issues can be fixed. Campbell says cutting the cost of living adjustment will hurt low income seniors. She also says only minor changes are needed for Medicare, which she says is one of the most efficient parts of the healthcare system.

"Ironically, the federal government does negotiate drug prices for the Veterans Administration, but it's forbidden to do so under Medicare. There are currently some bills in Congress to try to amend this. We really want to move in that direction," said Campbell.

The program was held at the Jewish Community Center.
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