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Moon Jae-in and Ahn Cheol-soo announce their pledges for welfare programs for elderly citizens

Moon Jae-in and Ahn Cheol-soo announce their pledges for welfare programs for elderly citizens


Let’s begin our pre-election coverage with
the two frontrunners in the opinion polls… Moon Jae-in and Ahn Cheol-soo have laid out
their detailed plans on how to help Korea’s growing elderly population. They have pledged a range of benefits, with
a particular focus on medical care and state pensions. Park Ji-won has the details. The top two presidential candidates announced
their set of pledges for the senior population Tuesday. And both Moon Jae-in of the Democratic Party
of Korea and Ahn Cheol-soo of the People’s Party seemed to have a lot in common in terms
of their welfare policies regarding senior citizens. Moon Jae-in’s camp announced a total of nine
pledges,… and their top goal is to increase monthly pension to about 280-U.S. dollars
to people aged 65 years or older in the lower 70 percent of the income bracket,… from
the current 175 dollars. They also pledged to strengthen national support
for dementia treatment,… and lower the cost of dentures and dental implants by half. Quality job creation for senior citizens was
also among the pledges. Ahn Cheol-soo’s camp also announced a similar
set of pledges,… including an increase of the monthly pension to about 280 dollars to
people over 65 in the lower 50 percent of the income bracket. Ahn also vowed to lower medical costs, especially
for dementia patients,… and strengthen education programs for seniors and employment opportunities. A key pledge presented by both camps was to
expand senior citizen community centers, as well as medical and educational support. One out of four voters in May’s presidential
election is over the age of 60,… so candidates are eager to target and win the support of
this crucial demographic. Park Ji-won, Arirang News.

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