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

Mathew Helman of ProgressMass says Obamacare is the better option.

According to the 2010 Census, 2,411 people age 65 and older live in Acton, 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Community Catalyst Action Fund released a new analysis finding that, if the Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”) is repealed, senior citizens in Acton and across Massachusetts will be saddled with higher costs and fewer benefits.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 Acton.  The healthcare policy that Republican Scott Brown is advocating would have a decidedly harmful impact on Acton's seniors.

Mathew Helman

Charlie Kadlec November 01, 2012 at 01:26 AM
I am one of the "over 65" residents of Acton, and I could not care less about the claims of a partisan group such as "ProgressMass" who apparently believes that we can be influenced by their scare tactics. I have bad news for Mr. Helman : we are quite able to decide what is best, not just for us but for our children and their children, without his poorly written rehash of the DNC "talking points". Charlie Kadlec Acton
dennis byron November 01, 2012 at 07:28 PM
As Charlie Kadlec points out in his comment, this article is from some Warren for Senator front group actually paid to scare us seniors. And there's another big lie underneath. The Community Catalyst report the paid consultant mentions is also deceptive. Community Catalyst purposely leaves out 200,000-300,000 Massachusetts seniors -- the poorest of us Massachusetts seniors -- on Part C Medicare health plans. We already get the global-payment/coordinated-care plans glorified by Obamacare advocates and by the Massachusetts politicians that recently passed new price-fixing legislation. Obamacare cuts over $700 billion from what should be spent on Medicare -- or kept in the Medicare Part A trust fund if not needed. Obamacare 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 from Obamacare touted by the Warren front group and Warren herself, in Massachusetts they are almost non-existent. None of the Democrat's statistics take into account what Massachusetts Prescription Advantage or MassHealth pays for poor and middle-class seniors on Medicare. The Assistant HHS Director of Planning has has said the effects of these state programs are not factored into the calculations he did and that Catalyst and these paid politcal operatives are using in their Mediscare propaganda. You can't save what you didn't spend.


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