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McCaskill Opposes Major Changes To Senior Programs

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Senator Claire McCaskill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP)  U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill says controlling costs in Social Security and Medicare should not mean dramatic changes in the programs.

The Missouri Democrat said Wednesday that having wealthy people pay more Social Security taxes would improve its finances and avoid changes in benefits or the retirement age. For Medicare, McCaskill supports more financial means testing and incentives to curb costs.

McCaskill says her Republican challenger in the November election Congressman Todd Akin would seek to privatize Social Security and turn Medicare into a voucher program.

Akin’s campaign did not immediately respond Wednesday. But Akin has said he supports vouchers for Medicare but not privatizing the program. On Social Security, Akin favors raising the retirement age and consideration of letting people invest in 401k-style plans.