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3,778 Burlington Seniors At Risk If Tisei and Congressional Republicans Get their Way

3,778 Burlington Seniors At Risk If Tisei and Congressional Republicans Get their Way

Mass. seniors using Medicare have saved an average of $648 from ObamaCare, Tisei wants to repeal it

BOSTON –In the wake of the Supreme Court's decision last month to uphold the Affordable Care Act, known as ObamaCare, Republican Congressional Candidate Richard Tisei reaffirmed his support for repeal of the legislation that has brought critical protections to millions of citizens across the Commonwealth, including over 3,000 senior citizens in Burlington. Statewide, seniors benefitting from Medicare have saved an average of $648 on prescription drugs thanks to the bill.

Tomorrow, the Tea Party Republican-Controlled House of Representatives is set to vote to repeal ObamaCare. Failed Republican Lieutenant Governor Candidate Tisei supports this vote for repeal, which would increase prices on seniors’ prescription drugs, roll back free preventative services including mammograms, and take away insurance company rebates for approximately 85,000 families.
 
“Richard Tisei has yet again sided with Mitt Romney and the DC Republicans who hand picked him and are funding his campaign instead of middle class families in Burlington,” said Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair John Walsh. “He has made it clear that he intends to keep fighting to strip middle class Burlington families of the health care protections they need and deserve, and to force Burlington seniors to pay more for their prescription drugs.”


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says that, thanks to the Affordable Care Act:
 
•      780,000 people across the Commonwealth receiving Medicare have taken advantage of key preventative services including mammograms and colonoscopies, for free.
•      Over 20,000 young people have been added to their parents’ insurance plans, thanks to the provision that allows young people to receiving their parents’ health insurance up until age 26.
•      Community health centers in Massachusetts have benefited from over $100 million in federal funding.
•      Health insurance companies will be required to provide an average refund of $140 to 85,000 Massachusetts families. The law requires companies who spend too much on administrative services and not enough on care to refund a portion of families’ premiums.
•      Approximately 70,000 Massachusetts seniors saved an average of $648, thanks to the closing of the so-called “Donut Hole.”
•      1.3 million Massachusetts residents now have access to preventative health care services as a part of their private policy.
•      Lifetime limits on health insurance plans have been lifted for 2.5 million people in the Commonwealth.

 

"If Richard Tisei and his friends get their way, Americans will lose access to preventative care and 85,000 families in the Commonwealth will be blocked from receiving money back from their insurance company," Walsh added. "The Affordable Care Act means better health care for people across the Commonwealth – Richard Tisei just doesn’t get it.”

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dennis byron July 11, 2012 at 08:47 PM
This article is grossly misleading and inaccurae information concerning Medicare Part D and Medicare in general as it applies to Obamacare (your choice to use the term). You say "Mass. seniors using Medicare have saved an average of $648 from ObamaCare... What is your source? The only thing that recently mentions $648 is the table accessible from this Obama-administration/re-election web page: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Medicare-Advantage/Plan-Payment/index.html?redirect=/Plan-Payment Please read the table. Out of over 1,000,000 of us seniors "using Medicare" in Massachusetts, 11,000 of us -- less than 1% of us -- have fallen into the donut hole so far in 2012. Obviously that means 1% of us are seriously or chronically ill and that is unfortunate. But statistically it makes your article completely inaccurate and so misleading to senior citizens that one can only conclude that the Democratic party is actively campaigning to scare senior citizens. (Perhaps the $648 coincidentally relates to 70,000 seniors as noted in a bullet elsewhere in your propaganda; if so please provide the source.) Dennis Byron Cape Cod
dennis byron July 11, 2012 at 08:48 PM
This article is quite misleading because us seniors live in Massachusetts almost all of us qualify for Prescription Advantage such that very few of us are actually harmed by the donut hole even though the Obama administration in its zeal to scare seniors puts out this propaganda. Twenty-one other states have similar programs although not all follow the same rules because they are state-specfic. In Massachusetts only well off senior citizens, those with incomes in retirement over $55,000 ($75,000 as a couple) would actually see the financial risks of the donut hole and therefore achieve the savings you claim (to save it, you have to spend the money in the first place and that is not necessary with Prescription Advantage). It is not clear whether the Obama administration/re-election campaign adjusts for PA or not. But either way, almost all of us Massachusetts seniors have the protection.The details of the Prescription Advantage program are attached to this email. Dennis Byron Cape Cod
dennis byron July 11, 2012 at 08:49 PM
I assume you mean there are 3,000 senior citizens in Burlington on Medicare (as an aside, you don't have to be a senior citizen to be on Medicare). Because there are only 11,000 in the whole state in the theoretical donut hole as measured by the Obama administration/re-election campaign, you cannot mean that almost 30% of them live in Burlington. If you mean that the seniors are protected by Medicare in general by Obamacare, we are NOT helped by Obamacare. It is cutting Part C and rationing and/or price fixing Part A/B services. That cannot help us in the end. Dennis Byron Cape Cod
dennis byron July 11, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Additional information you printed is as misleading as the information about Medicare Part D and medicare in general. You say: • "780,000 people across the Commonwealth receiving Medicare have taken advantage of key preventative services including mammograms and colonoscopies..." Most of that was flu shots and chlorestorol tests, which have always been free • "Approximately 70,000 Massachusetts seniors saved an average of $648, thanks to the closing of the so-called “Donut Hole.”" At least you are realizing that it is not all of us in this sentence. (Again, it would be interesting to see your source.) • "Lifetime limits on health insurance plans have been lifted for 2.5 million people in the Commonwealth." But not for Medicare beneficiaries who still have no catastrophic coverage (that, yes we have lifetime limits), no physicals, no vision/drug/hearing/dental coverage and high copays and deductibles Dennis Byron Cape Cod
Don McGowan July 12, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Typical democrat scare tactics! Whenever they're about to lose an election of any kind, they bring out the misinformation and lies to scare seniors and demonize the opposition. As Senator Moynihan once said, "Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but not their own facts!" Here comes the phony facts. Apparently Tisei is ahead of Tierney and the democrat machine is worried. According to the left, it's better to keep someone with questionable ethics whose wife is involved with illegal offshore betting and was convicted rather than lose an election to someone of character. The lies and distortions of truth have just begun!

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