Friday, March 23, 2012


Benefits for Seniors on Affordable Care Act Anniversary

Today’s two-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by holding 26 community events around the country, spotlighting new Medicare benefits and educating seniors on where elected officials and candidates stand on health reform. “The Affordable Care Act is helping seniors across the nation better afford to see a doctor and fill a prescription. The 3.6 million seniors with the highest drug costs have already saved an average of $600 on their prescriptions. Thirty-two million seniors have received free, life-saving tests for chronic diseases. The law is closing the ‘doughnut hole’ coverage gap in Medicare Part D, an egregious example of pharmaceutical company profits being placed ahead of the health care needs of our seniors,”


Obama, Romney Differ on Plan to Cut Medicare, Medicaid

Obama and Romney sharply disagreed this week on a budget proposal by U.S. House Republicans that would dramatically change Medicare and Medicaid while lowering taxes on corporations and wealthy Americans. The GOP presidential candidate praised it as “bold and exciting,” while a White House spokesperson called it, “a recipe for destroying Medicare as we know it… it is not a plan that this President could support.” MD/DC Alliance president Frank Stella spoke at a Tuesday rally against the plan, and Alliance Executive Board member Bill Cea is joining Vice President Joe Biden today at an event in Florida to highlight the Administration’s opposition. Read some of Biden’s remarks explaining what’s at stake at“Under the proposal, seniors would be given vouchers to either buy health coverage in the costly private insurance market, or purchase it from a Medicare program that would be made more expensive by the exodus of younger, healthier retirees,” The plan would also cut spending on Medicaid and turn it over to cash-strapped states, jeopardizing the only way over 70 percent of seniors are able to afford long-term or nursing home care. The budget plan, authored by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), was approved by the House Budget Committee on Wednesday and is expected to be voted on by the full House next week. Also, on the same day that Romney endorsed the Ryan plan, one of his top economic advisers, Greg Mankiw, was forced to apologize for a joke he shared on his blog about deporting seniors to lower Social Security and Medicare costs. For the latest facts sheet on the Ryan budget, go to


Congressional Voting Record

New Congressional Voting Record Now Available on the Web. The Alliance’s 2011 Voting Record is now available at The annual report details the voting record of every U.S. Senator and Representative on key issues affecting current and future retirees. This year's voting record examines the roll calls on issues such as health care repeal; the Paul Ryan budget; and a balanced budget amendment.


Vice-President Joe Biden on Health Care.

Two years ago today, we passed health care reform.We did the right thing and it's affecting people's lives. Preventive services with no out-of-pocket costs, an end to women paying higher premiums just because they're women, protection from insurance company abuses, 33 million Americans gaining coverage ... and it extends the solvency of Medicare through 2024, while closing the "doughnut hole" in prescription-drug coverage and reducing costs for seniors.It's a long list of achievements that affects each and every one of us.When I hear the other side saying they'll take it all away, that gets me pretty fired up. I'm proud we passed the Affordable Care Act. Let's show just how many of us are willing to protect it. If you're with me, stand up for this landmark legislation today:

Thanks, Joe


Editorial :

Seniors, you better wake up. If the Republicans have their way, you`ll eat dog-food and die ! They could`nt balance the budget on SENIORS if we all DIED TOMORROW ! Republicans call the Affordable Care Act ~ Obama Care. Call it what you like ? I LOVE IT. IT is merely a beginning. I have an idea, let`s cut our elected officials health care out entirely ! Problem solved !

I like Obamacare. I'm proud of it -- and you should be, too. Here's why: Because it works. So if you're with me, say it: "I like Obamacare." Obamacare means never having to worry about getting sick and running up against a lifetime cap on insurance coverage. It gives parents the comfort of knowing their kids can stay on their insurance until they're 26, and that a "pre-existing condition" like an ear infection will never compromise their child's coverage.It's about ending the practice of letting insurance companies charge women 50 percent more -- just because they're women.And Obamacare can save seniors hundreds of dollars a year on prescription drugs -- and gives them access to preventive care that is saving their lives. President Obama never lost sight of the fact that this reform is about people. People like his own mother, who spent the last years of her life fighting cancer -- and fighting with insurance companies, too.That shouldn't happen. And because of Obamacare, it can't. So next time you hear someone railing against Obamacare, remember what they're actually saying they want to take away. And, today, stand with me in saying, "Heck yeah, I'm for Obamacare":

P.S. -- Side note: Can you imagine if the opposition/republicans called Social Security "Roosevelt Security"? Or if Medicare was "LBJ-Care"? Seriously, have these guys ever heard of the long view?

Fiat Lux

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