Affordable Care Act

March 23, 2016

Affordable Care Act 6th Anniversary

Alliance activist Ken Pease joined Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and other members of Congress in marking the 6th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the steps of Capitol Hill. Pease is a retiree from Fairfax, Virginia.

The ACA has been a life saver to Ken and millions of seniors, providing essential preventative care and lowering the cost of medicines. The ACA has also helped seniors save over $20.8 billion in prescription drug costs since 2010.

“Thanks to the Affordable Care Act Seniors like me are eligible for free flu shots, mammograms, prostate cancer and cardiovascular disease screenings. And we can get a free wellness screening every year.” – Ken Pease

Full remarks below:

Remarks of Ken Pease
March 23, 2016

“Good morning. My name is Ken Pease. I am 72-years-old and live in Fairfax, Virginia. I am an active retiree with the Alliance for Retired Americans.

The Affordable Care Act has literally been a life saver for me and my family.

I suffer from a number of health conditions, not the least of which are diabetes, and heart disease. I have had 1/3 of my right lung removed.  In 2000, I suffered a heart attack due to coronary artery disease and underwent triple bypass surgery.  This and other health conditions require that I take fourteen different medications.

Last year I suffered from an aortic aneurysm, which my doctors discovered thanks to the preventive screening offered by the Affordable Care Act.  I needed three surgical procedures to repair my aorta. I am living proof that the Affordable Care Act saves lives.

My son, Nathaniel, who is in his thirties, has also benefited from the law.  At age 19, he suffered a myocardial infarction. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, he can now afford health insurance that will cover his pre-existing condition.

Seniors pay a disproportionate amount of our income on medical services, and that percentage would be even higher without good preventive care.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act seniors like me are eligible for free flu shots, mammograms, prostate cancer screenings, and cardiovascular disease screenings. And we can get a free wellness screening every year.

The Affordable Care Act has also enabled seniors to save more than $20.8 billion in prescription drug costs since 2010. It fills the so-called “doughnut hole” gap in prescription drug coverage that many seniors face.

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to tell our family’s story and thank you to the Affordable Care Act for making it possible for me to be here today.

And now I will turn it over to the Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus Joe Crowley.”

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