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DON’T ever get senior citizens upset. They are a huge voting bloc of Americans who actually still go to the polls.

I say that after glancing over a recent issue of AARP Bulletin. I’m sure you’re thinking that I’m not old enough to get that publication. 

OK, maybe you weren’t thinking that.

But it lists the names of every person in Congress who voted for the U.S. House version of Trumpcare because it would have a harmful effect on the health care costs of the elderly.

Our own Rep. Mike Kelly was one of the names listed, which is no surprise because since it’s a Republican bill, he pretty much follows the voting line of the party. As did the vast majority of others. 

However, the publication urges every senior to remember the names on this list when it comes to the next time they run for election. 

While the House version has undergone changes in the Senate during “secret” meetings of Republicans, I wouldn’t be surprised if the version they produce will also bring about publication of their names if the one they introduce hurts senior citizens.

Even President Trump called it “mean,” and some Republican senators say they can’t vote for it the way it stands.

And that’s a good thing, because there should be a lot of give-and-take on issues such as this as well as a great deal of transparency so the public gets a view of what to expect.

Right now nobody really knows the final outcome. But some people are rightfully worried.

I was at the bank recently and a lady was commenting to the teller about having a pre-existing condition and how she fears that it won’t be covered once the new health care law is passed. 

Actually, reports have indicated that those conditions will be still covered, however, the cost might be so high that many people won’t be able to afford insurance. Now that would be “mean.”

Myself, I adopt the motto of my idol Alfred E. Neuman of Mad Magazine: “What, me worry?”

Whatever happens, it’s interesting to see how the AARP publication gets involved in political issues.

But it makes sense. Seniors carry a lot of weight and the AARP Bulletin and AARP Magazine are there to represent the views of the over-50 crowd. And their advertisers of course.

Still, when the final Trumpcare bill comes to pass, it will be even more interesting to see whether seniors vote for – or against – Mike Kelly and others who are listed in that edition.

They say there is “no wrath like a woman scorned.” Yeah, maybe not, but older citizens can get a bit ornery also when you dig into their pocketbooks.

Luckily, I’m only upper middle-aged and not ornery yet. At least until the new health care act passes.

LYNN SATERNOW of The Herald writes this column each Saturday for The Opinion Page. He can be reached at lsaternow@sharonherald.com.

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