Retirees Hold Grassroots Events to Mark Health Law Anniversary

March 19, 2012

Spotlight New Medicare Benefits, Target Opponents of Improved Medicare for Seniors

For Immediate Release

March 19, 2012

WASHINGTON - The Alliance for Retired Americans, a four-million member grassroots advocacy organization, is marking this week’s two-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act by holding 26 community events around the country to spotlight new Medicare benefits and to educate seniors on where elected officials and candidates stand on health reform.
 
“The Affordable Care Act is helping seniors across the nation better afford to see a doctor and fill a prescription.  The 3.6 million seniors with the highest drug costs have already saved an average of $600 on their prescriptions.  32 million seniors have received free, life-saving tests for chronic diseases.  The law is closing the ‘doughnut hole’ coverage gap in Medicare Part D, an egregious example of pharmaceutical company profits being placed ahead of the health care needs of our seniors,” said Barbara J. Easterling, the Alliance’s President.

According to Easterling, “Two years later, seniors continue to be the target of all sorts of scare tactics, lies and misinformation about health reform.  This shameless campaign has been bankrolled by the big health insurance companies and other corporations who, for too long, made outrageous profits by charging us more and giving us less. One per cent of this country got wealthier whenever the other 99 per cent of us got sick, so of course these companies have always opposed health reform.”
 
Easterling said she is concerned that, “because of all the fear, misinformation, and name-calling in today’s political climate, not enough seniors know how this law actually helps them.  We cannot allow these important gains for seniors to fall victim to fear and ignorance.  To protect the health of current and future retirees, we must help our friends and neighbors separate fact from fiction in this new law.”


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


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