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The AARP is trying to mobilize Virginia's seniors for a discussion about the future of Medicare and Social Security.
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The AARP is trying to mobilize Virginia's seniors for a discussion about the future of Medicare and Social Security.

The AARP has launched a national outreach to engage Americans in an ongoing discussion about the future of Social Security and Medicare. Their "You've Earned A Say" campaign is soliciting input from the nearly 1.3 million Virginians who receive those benefits.

At a Richmond townhall linked by satellite to three other cities, AARP CEO Barry Rand said the U.S. population is aging and living longer.

"That means that the number of people receiving Social Security and benefits will increase from 57 million today to nearly 92 million in 2036," said Rand.

But federal trustees say that the program already ran a $49 billion deficit in 2010 and $46 billion last year. Most forum attendees said Social Security and Medicare were important for their future. AARP executive vice president Nancy LeaMond says that echoes a national survey: "There's a real lack of confidence that Medicare and Social Security will be there for them."

The campaign will continue through the fall.

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