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Coakley Highlights Committment To Seniors

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Location: Boston, MA

Coakley Highlights Commitment To Seniors

Visiting seniors at the Kit Clark Senior Service Center today, Martha Coakley outlined her commitment to protect Social Security and Medicare, and highlighted the differences between her commitment to Massachusetts seniors and Republican Scott Brown's adherence to Bush-Cheney policies that would cost seniors money and undermine Medicare and Social Security.

"I will make an iron-clad commitment to protecting Social Security and Medicare, and I'll fight to lower the cost of health care and prescription drugs. My opponent won't even tell you where he stands. So I will. In the Massachusetts Senate, Scott Brown filed a bill that could allow insurance companies to deny coverage for hospice care. Scott Brown is against the health care bill which would extend prescription drug coverage to seniors. He would also consider cuts to Social Security. I won't let that happen. I'll always stand up for you."

In the Senate, Martha Coakley will fight for seniors. She will protect Social Security and support seniors' long term care. And she will work to reduce prescription drug costs by closing the so-called Medicare Part D "doughnut hole," which forces seniors, many on fixed incomes, who are on Medicare to pay the full cost of their prescription drugs once those costs exceed $2,700 per year.
Brown Voted Against Funding For MassHealth Senior Care.

In 2003, as a state representative, Brown voted against restoring $75,000 in funding -- vetoed by then-Gov. Romney -- for "health care services provided to medical assistance recipients under the division's senior care plan." The $75,000 was designated for reimbursing providers of dementia-specific adult day care. The veto override passed, 132 to 21. [Journal of the House, 7/16/03; H 4004 item 4000-0600, vote 343]
Brown Would Consider Cuts To Social Security.

BROWN: "It's not about blame. It's about solving the problems of today. And you have to do a top to bottom review of every federal program to make sure that we can -- as the president called for, I actually agreed with him on that to find any waste…There's plenty of blame to go around…Let's try to solve the problems of today. Of course you need to look at entitlements and look at every other program and project in Washington." [Candidate debate, 1/11/10]

Coakley became Massachusetts' first female Attorney General in January 2007. Throughout her public career, she has a proven record of taking on big challenges and getting real results for the people of this Commonwealth. As Attorney General, Coakley took on Wall Street to protect consumers, recovering record settlements in enforcement actions from companies such as Goldman Sachs and Fremont Investment and Loan for violating consumer protection laws. As part of her Cyber Crime Initiative, Coakley revolutionized the tools available to prosecutors for fighting crime in the 21st century, ensuring that Massachusetts is on the cutting edge of public safety.

Coakley, 56, was raised in North Adams. She is a graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, MA, where she was a member of the first class admitted to the college that included female students. She received her law degree from Boston University School of Law in 1979. Coakley resides in Medford with her husband, Thomas F. O'Connor, a retired police Deputy Superintendent.

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