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South Dakota seniors weigh in on healthcare debate

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Sioux Falls seniors weighed in on the healthcare discussion during last night's presidential debate. 

Both candidates talked about their plans for the future of healthcare in the country, but also about how to care for seniors today.   

Seniors in Sioux Falls had various opinions on what healthcare solution is best; however, they all agreed that for their generation, healthcare is a priority in this year's election.

"I go in [to the doctor] quite a bit because I got cancer. Once a month I go in and get a shot for my cancer.  The shot is $8000," Lloyd Lager said.

"My wife spends right around 300 every month," Harold Van Derziel said.

"It gets a little spendy, but if I didn't have Medicare, I'd be in deep hurt," Shirley Quick said.

These stories are why Medicare was such an integral part of last night's debate.

During the debate, presidential candidate Mitt Romney said he thinks the idea of cutting 716 billion dollars from Medicare to be able to balance the additional costs of Obamacare is a mistake.

Obama said repealing the act would mean seniors would have to pay $600 more for prescription medications.

In August the Department of Health and Human Services said Medicare recipients have saved more than $4.1 billion on prescription drugs as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

Some local seniors said they've noticed the difference.

"Its actually bringing the costs down for people," Bob Gaut said.

But others said they aren't saving any money.

"Its going up if anything," Harold Van Derziel said.

Voters from both parties feel the debate did not bring out any real solutions, saying the candidates never address the heart of the questions. 

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