Retiree Leader Blasts House for Taking Away Medicare Benefits for Seniors

July 11, 2012

For Immediate Release

July 11, 2012

The following statement was issued today by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, in response to the U.S. House voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act:

“Shamelessly choosing ideology and partisan politics over seniors’ basic needs, the Republican majority in the U.S. House today voted to take away new Medicare benefits that are helping millions of seniors better afford to see a doctor and fill a prescription.

“Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, 32 million Medicare beneficiaries have gained access to preventive screenings without any co-payments or deductibles. The new law has helped 5.3 million seniors and persons with disabilities in the Medicare Part D “doughnut hole” save an average of $600 per year on their prescription drugs.  The law strengthens Medicare by eliminating wasteful taxpayer subsidies to the big insurance companies.

“Retirees worry about their children and grandchildren, and are happy that the law allows young adults under age 26 stay on their parents’ health insurance.  Seniors are glad to see working families finally protected from the greed and outrageous business practices of the insurance companies.

“This was the 33rd vote congressional Republicans have held to repeal this law, a law that in the past two years has been approved by both houses of Congress, signed by the President, and upheld by the Supreme Court.  It is time to move on.  Political gamesmanship will not help a single retiree, worker, or student live a better, healthier life.”

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


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