AARP's Senior Vice President for Government Relations and Advocacy, issued the following statement on a scheduled vote today in the House of Representatives to consider a bill brought on by the Medicare "trigger":

"The Medicare trigger is an unfortunate and misguided effort that could do more harm than good. That's why AARP supports the legislation being considered today by the House that would delay trigger action.

"Medicare's financial woes are symptomatic of the runaway costs of the overall health care system. Medicare's troubles can only be solved by systemic health care reforms.

"Arbitrary Medicare cuts will needlessly hurt millions of Americans without addressing the core problems. If Congress is serious about controlling spiraling health care costs, the way to go about it is to have a thoughtful debate on the systemic drivers of health care costs in this country, not to take a meat axe to Medicare in the middle of the night. Congress is gearing up for that debate next year, and we look forward to working on serious, bipartisan efforts to reform our health care system."

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