Vote To Repeal Health Reform is a Vote Against America's Seniors

January 18, 2011

Senior Group Outraged at Proposal to Repeal New Medicare Benefits

For Immediate Release
January 18, 2011


The following statement was issued today by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans. 


“The proposal to be voted on in the U.S. House this week to repeal the 2010 health reform law is unconscionable. Seniors are clear on this: DO NOT raise our prescription drug costs; DO NOT re-open the Medicare Part D prescription drug doughnut hole; and DO NOT take away our free preventive screenings by repealing this law.

 

“Over 46.5 million Medicare beneficiaries in this country would be harmed by the repeal of the health care reform law. Members of the House must vote against repeal and protect these important new benefits (http://bit.ly/gesRSR) for seniors.

 

“The new law extends the solvency of Medicare by 12 years and we must not reverse course. Last year, over 2.7 million Medicare beneficiaries who fell into the doughnut hole received rebate checks, and this year victims of the Medicare Part D doughnut hole will receive 50% off brand name drugs and 7% off generics. The doughnut hole is set to close entirely by 2020.

 

“After years of Medicare taking better care of insurance companies than seniors, we've finally begun to move in the right direction. Repealing these new benefits repeals our promise to America’s seniors and Medicare beneficiaries.”

 

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

 

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