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February 04, 2011

Vote to Repeal Health Reform is a Vote Against Pennsylvania Seniors

For Immediate Release

January 18th, 2010       

Vote to Repeal Health Reform is a Vote Against Pennsylvania Seniors

Senior Group Outraged at Proposal to Repeal New Medicare Benefits

 

The following statement was issued today by Jean Friday, President of the Pennsylvania 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 in Pennsylvania 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 2.2 million Medicare beneficiaries in Pennsylvania would be harmed by the repeal of the health care reform law. Members of our Congressional delegation must vote against repeal and protect these important new benefits (http://bit.ly/gesRSR) for PA seniors.

“The new law extends the solvency of Medicare by 12 years and we must not reverse course.  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.  Seniors will also benefit by seeing co-pays eliminated for preventative services.  This important provision will save seniors money while keeping them healthy – saving Medicare money.  How could any of our representatives, in good conscience, take these benefits away from seniors?

Regardless of what their objections to the new Reform Law might be, it is unconscionable that Members of Congress would simply repeal the whole law, no matter who it hurts.  Make no mistake about it, the repeal would hurt seniors.”

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