Rather than continue the healthcare and other issues in the Vote Republican thread, I decided to open a separate thread. These two issues are mentioned in a number of other threads related to economics, politics and role of government in the lives of citizens. AARP is now emphasizing healthcare and financial security. http://www.aarp.org/issues/dividedwefail/ strengthening Social Security making affordable, quality health care available for all making prescription drugs more affordable for all creating incentives to save for retirement, or expanding job opportunities so people can keep working and contributing to society as they get older. Ostensibly, if everyone or perhaps the vast majority could save for retirement, we would not need social security. If everyone or the vast majority observed a healthy lifestyle, the cost of healthcare would be much less, and the widespread use of prescription drugs would not be necessary. Job security is tied to financial security. Those in their 50's face more competition from those with less experience and lower salaries. I have many colleagues who have taken early retirement, as opposed to being terminated, as large companies cut costs. Then those reitrees are hired back to do the same work at lower cost - and much reduced benefits.