Today is momentous for Caroline: It's her first day as a Medicare beneficiary. So when Paul Ryan comes to her hometown of Dubuque today, Caroline's going to be doing a little campaigning of her own—because the future of Medicare is at stake in this election.
If elected, Romney and Ryan would turn Medicare into a voucher program that would put seniors at the mercy of insurance companies and could even raise their health care costs by $6,400 a year on average. That doesn't sit well with Caroline, who says, "It's obscene to consider vouchers as an option for people who have worked their whole life to be part of the system."
So as a neighborhood team leader at OFA Iowa, Caroline's urging people—young and old—to get out and vote, and since they're in Iowa, vote early. Because even if a voter thinks he's too young to care about Medicare, she wants them to realize that "one medical diagnosis, one job loss, one catastrophic thing could change everything. Everything is at stake." That's true for Caroline: Her son has a pre-existing condition, and this election comes down to choosing a President who believes in good, affordable health care for all Americans—not emergency rooms. Another son is in the military, so this election comes down to re-electing a commander-in-chief who's fighting for Caroline's son as hard as he is fighting for his country.
That's why she's going to work as hard as she can for the next 36 days—because "this isn't about Barack Obama. This is about a generation."