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Tribune editorial: The baby boomers have some clout now

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opinion Willmar, 56201

Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

The baby-boomer generation is fast becoming the new majority in America.

For the first time in history, Americans 45 and older as a group now make up the majority of the voting-age population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This, in turn, will give this 45-plus group more political power in the United States.

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The numbers tell the story. America's 78 million baby boomers -- that are now between 45 and 65 -- are now starting to look forward to retirement.

This is also evident in the issues debated around the country. Members of Congress can testify to that.

Politicians, who voted for the Medicare overhaul plan proposed by Republicans, are facing heated public debates as they met with their constituents recently. The GOP plan would replace Medicare with a voucher or "premium support" plan.

Some -- like Congressman Chip Cravaack, R-Minn. -- did not hold any in-person town halls in home districts during the recent Easter recess.

Seniors and baby boomers are concerned over the future of Medicare as well as the ramifications of any overhaul.

The concerns of baby boomers as well as senior citizens will remain a political force for the next generation or two.

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