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Letter: Scott Brown’s Health Care Policy Harmful for Winchester Seniors

Winchester residents 65 and older should be deeply concerned about Republican Scott Brown’s health care policy.

According to the 2010 Census, 3,460 people age 65 and older live in Winchester, and every one of them should be deeply concerned about Republican Scott Brown’s health care policy.  The centerpiece of Brown’s health care policy is working to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the federal health care reform law known as ObamaCare.

National health care advocacy organization Community Catalyst Action Fund released a new analysis finding that, if the Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”) is repealed, senior citizens in Winchester and across Massachusetts will be saddled with higher costs and fewer benefits.

ObamaCare, as it is known, lowers seniors’ Medicare premiums and out-of-pocket costs by an estimated $500 per year.  This means that, if Republican Scott Brown gets his way and repeals ObamaCare, seniors’ Medicare costs will go up about $5,000 over the next decade.

ObamaCare also fills in the so-called “donut hole” in prescription drug coverage for seniors.  Between January and August of this year, 31,000 Massachusetts residents hit the “donut hole.”  ObamaCare saved those Medicare beneficiaries an average of over $600 per person.  This means that, if Republican Scott Brown gets his way and repeals ObamaCare, seniors’ prescription drug costs will go up dramatically.

Also, during the first eight months of 2012, over 500,000 Medicare beneficiaries across Massachusetts took advantage of no-cost preventive services thanks to ObamaCare.  If Republican Scott Brown gets his way and repeals ObamaCare, seniors will lose these no-cost preventive services.

Policy decisions made in Washington D.C. have a real and direct impact on the residents of Winchester.  The health care policy that Republican Scott Brown is advocating would have a decidedly harmful impact on Winchester's seniors.

-Mathew Helman

Communications Director for ProgressMass

linita October 25, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Seniors ought to be worried about being able to receive critical care once Obamacare is implemented. Bureaucrats making life or death medical decisions is not in anyone's best interest, least of all seniors!
dennis byron October 25, 2012 at 03:20 PM
This article is pure deceit from some Warren for Senator Communist-like front group actually run by political consultants who are being paid to scare us seniors. The Community Catalyst report cited hee is very deceptive and both Catalyst and Warren are poor advocates for us seniors. In its analysis, Community Catalyst purposely leaves out 200,000-300,000 Massachusetts seniors -- disproportionately the poorest of us seniors -- on Part C Medicare health plans. These are the seniors who are already getting the global-payment/coordinated-care-type plans glorified by Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) advocates and the Massachusetts political hacks that recently gave us our new price-fixing legislation. PPACA of course is the law that is cutting over $700 billion from what should be spent on Medicare over the next 10 years -- or kept in the Medicare Part A trust fund if not needed. PPACA is taking the $700 billion from Medicare and spending it instead on insurance for non-seniors (see the Medicare actuary, all annual reports since 2010). As for the so-called drug savings touted by the Warren front, in Massachusetts they are almost non-existent. None of the Democrats statistics take into account what Massachusetts Prescription Advantage or MassHealth pays for seniors on Medicare. Assistant HHS Director of Planning has said the effects are not factored into the calculations Catalyst and these politcal operatives paid by Warren are using.
Amanda October 25, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Democrat pro-Warren propaganda.

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