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Opinion: Bernie Sanders – Stand up for seniors
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Opinion: Bernie Sanders – Stand up for seniors

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, talks with Aki Soga of the Burlington Free Press in an exclusive interview on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, saying that the nation must stop President Trump’s reactionary agenda by electing progressive democrats to office.
As I travel around the state, I often meet older Vermonters who are struggling just to get by.
The bad news is that President Trump’s proposed budget would have made the situation much worse.
He called for major cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security Disability and many other programs that help seniors stay healthy and secure.
We must also make sure Social Security beneficiaries receive their benefits in a timely manner.
Over the previous eight years, Congress cut Social Security’s operations budget by 16 percent.
Here in Vermont, two of our three field offices have seen an almost 30 percent reduction in staffing.
Another issue I regularly hear about from seniors is the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs.
Meanwhile, the top five drug companies made more than $50 billion in profits last year alone.
We must allow Medicare – which spends tens of billions on prescription drugs – to use its leverage to negotiate lower drug prices.