Retirees Laud Obama Remarks on Health Reform and Seniors

June 08, 2010

For Immediate Release

Retirees Laud Obama Remarks on Health Reform and Seniors

New Law Will Help Seniors Better Afford Doctor Visits, Prescription Drugs

The following statement was issued today by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, in response to a national tele-town hall President Obama held today to educate retirees on the new health reform law.
 
"President Obama is right: the new health law is good for seniors.  It will help them better afford to see a doctor, fill a prescription, and receive annual, life-saving preventive tests and screenings.  Early retirees age 55-64 will finally be able to afford private health insurance.  This new law will help Americans of all ages live longer, healthier lives.

"Beginning this week, seniors who fall into the "doughnut hole" coverage gap in Medicare Part D can begin receiving $250 rebate checks from the federal government.  This is the first step in the law closing the doughnut hole and helping the 3.4 million seniors in this category better afford the medicines they need.

"The Alliance for Retired Americans will continue to do all it can to educate seniors on how the new law helps them.  Today we organized 25 events around the country for our members to watch and participate in President Obama’s town hall. 

"In addition, the President of the Illinois Alliance, Barbara Franklin, had the opportunity to ask President Obama a question today.  In doing so, she brought up that health care reform will end the practice of the federal government giving unfair, unnecessary subsidies to private insurers under Medicare Advantage.

"Our website - http://www.retiredamericans.org/ - and our free weekly newsletter provide fact sheets and information for retirees to share with others in their community.

"Retirees are grateful for President Obama's strong support for America's seniors and his personal commitment to helping them become better aware of the new law's many benefits.  We look forward to working closely with the Administration to improve the well-being of America's retirees."

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Contact:  David Blank (202) 637-5275 or dblank@retiredamericans.org