Mass. candidates address retiree concerns at AARP forum


BOSTON, Oct. 20 —

The Massachusetts candidates for governor agree the Obama administration’s health care overhaul is not the solution to all the country’s health insurance problems.

The candidates appeared at historic Faneuil Hall for an AARP sponsored forum, which focused on key issues for older individuals and their families, including health and prescription drug affordability, economic security for older workers, home and community based care, housing and transportation. WBZ Anchor Jack Williams moderated the discussion.

To watch the forum online click here.

Addressing about 600 seniors at an AARP forum on Wednesday, both Republican Charles Baker and independent Timothy Cahill said they opposed the plan. Baker fears Medicare cuts. Cahill is afraid of rationing.

Baker wants to better disclose costs to drive them down. Cahill wants more competition in the state. Jill Stein of the Green-Rainbow Party favors a single-payer system.

Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick supports the administration program but wants more focus now on controlling costs.  — AP