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Elizabeth Warren talks Medicare with Medford seniors

Posted by Matt Byrne  October 4, 2012 08:30 AM

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US Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren greeted a senior in the audience at a campaign stop Wednesday afternoon at the Medford Senior Center.

Democratic US Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, at a campaign stop Wednesday in Medford, attempted to tie her opponent Scott Brown to the larger GOP platform, saying Brown would work with Republican lawmakers to dismantles health and benefit programs that help seniors.

"I just want to make it clear that everyone in this room knows what's at stake here," Warren told a crowd of more than 100 elderly residents gathered to play bingo at the Medford Senior Center.

Surrounded by state Representative Sean Garballey, Medford Mayor Michael J. McGlynn, US Representative Edward J. Markey, and state Representative Alice Wolf, Warren told the crowd that healthcare was an imminent issue, and that Brown's reelection could spell the rollback of programs some seniors hold dear.

"As you know, after many, many years of fighting we finally got a healthcare bill that passed the House, passed the Senate, was signed into law by the president and was OK'd by the United States Supreme Court. What Scott Brown and the Republicans are running on, is to repeal that and go back to fighting, again, for years more. They don't have an alternative plan to offer."

Warren said a repeal of the Affordable Care Act would effectively cancel hundreds of dollars in annual prescription drug assistance ready to be distributed to 11,000 seniors in the state, and would eliminate the plan's other benefits, such as a free annual doctor's visit, and added resources for Medicare and Medicaid, she said.

"This race is fundamentally about what kind of a people we are and what kind of a country we're trying to build," Warren said, calling out Brown and his party for an agenda that would cut taxes for wealthy Americans and large corporations.

"They basically say they believe the world of 'I got mine, the rest of you are on your own.' We are a better people than that. We can do better than that."

“Elizabeth Warren likes to say this election is about whose side you're on, and she’s right," said Alleigh Marre, a spokeswoman for the Brown campaign. "In her case, she has repeatedly chosen to take the side of large corporations against victims.  She has also shown a pattern of misleading the public and hiding information that would reveal who Elizabeth Warren really is. Professor Warren is not who she says she is, and she needs to come clean with the people of Massachusetts.”

Matt Byrne can be reached at mbyrne.globe@gmail.com.

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