Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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September 27, 2012

Chandler talks Medicare with seniors

LEXINGTON — Doris White is a Republican. She’s also 67 and on Medicare and so far she hasn’t made up her mind how she’ll vote in the 6th Congressional District race between incumbent Democrat Ben Chandler and Republican challenger Andy Barr.

“That’s a tough one,” she said of the choice between Barr and Chandler. “No, I haven’t made up my mind yet.” But she said the determining factor in her final decision will be Medicare.

White was at the Lexington Senior Center on Thursday morning for bingo. But before the games began, Chandler showed up to talk to a constituency he sees as key to his re-election: seniors who depend on Social Security and Medicare “to retire with dignity,” as Chandler put it.

With him was 88-year-old former Sen. Wendell Ford, who told the crowd he has been “retired for about 12 years and I’ve been using Medicare and Social Security for 12 years.” He said his wife had undergone heart surgery, the hospital bill was $85,000, and “If we hadn’t had Medicare, we’d have been bankrupt.”


For the full story, read the Sept. 28 print or e-Edition of the Glasgow Daily Times.

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