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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Brown's Healthcare Policy Harmful for Sudbury Seniors

Mathew Helman of ProgressMass says ObamaCare is the best option.

According to the 2010 Census, 2,155 people age 65 and older live in Sudbury, and every one of them should be deeply concerned about Republican Scott Brown’s healthcare policy. The centerpiece of Brown’s healthcare policy is working to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the federal healthcare reform law known as ObamaCare.

National healthcare advocacy organization Community Catalyst Action Fund released a new analysis finding that, if the Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”) is repealed, senior citizens in Sudbury and across Massachusetts will be saddled with higher costs and fewer benefits.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 Sudbury. The healthcare policy that Republican Scott Brown is advocating would have a decidedly harmful impact on Sudbury's seniors.

Mathew Helman
ProgressMass
http://www.ProgressMass.org/

Mike Hullinger November 01, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Mathew, According to the analysis perfromed by the Community Action Catalyst Fund, what is the percentage breakdown of funding for ACA from cuts in Medicare reimbursements, new and increased Federal Taxes, new Federal borrowing, and fines for failure to comply with ACA? Also, according to their analysis, what percentage of the poplulation has already received waivers from ACA because they are in a union, work for a politically favored corporation, or are a federal legilsator or federal employee?

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