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AARP Takes Stand Against GOP Healthcare Overhaul

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AARP is taking a stand against the proposed healthcare overhall making its way through the House of Representatives.

AARP claims 233,000 members in New Hampshire, and the group says it basically doesn't like anything about the bill proposed by Congressional Republicans. On a conference all with reporters Thursday, AARP Legislative Policy Director David Certner said the bill would downshift the cost of healthcare to families and state government.

"Insurance premiums for older adults would skyrocket," said Certner. "Now on top of this drug companies and other special interests get a sweetheart deal in the form of tax cuts, while there's nothing in the bill about lowering drug costs."

Here in New Hampshire, residents of nursing homes could feel the pinch. Nursing homes are largely funded by Medicaid, and downshifting could make it harder for families to afford already costly long-term care.

Before joining NHPR in August 2014, Jack was a freelance writer and radio reporter. His work aired on NPR, BBC, Marketplace and 99% Invisible, and he wrote for the Christian Science Monitor and Northern Woodlands.

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