Thursday, July 12, 2012

Expand Access for the Middle Class, Not Perks for Congress

Democratic Congressional candidate Dan Maffei released the following statement in response to Congresswoman Buerkle’s vote to repeal the entire Affordable Care Act without any plan to replace it with an alternative:

“Today, Congresswoman Buerkle voted to make seniors pay more for prescription drugs, while giving herself access to lifetime healthcare subsidized by American taxpayers. Instead of working together to improve the law and expand access to quality, affordable care to more middle class families, Congresswoman Buerkle is focused on expanding her own perks, and paying for them with cuts to Medicare. The average New York senior would have spent over $700 more for prescription drugs, so far, under Congresswoman Buerkle’s plan,” said Maffei. “It’s exactly what you would expect from a Congresswoman who is only in touch with her right wing allies in DC, not her constituents at home.”

Background:

Congresswoman Buerkle voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act: [clerk.house.gov, Vote 460, accessed 7/11/12]

Repealing health law would mean more benefits for members of Congress. “Repealing President Obama’s healthcare law would let members of Congress keep their government-subsidized insurance coverage after they retire — a benefit they lost under the health law. The Affordable Care Act — specifically, a Republican amendment to the Affordable Care Act — kicked members of Congress and their aides out of the healthcare program for federal employees. Instead, lawmakers and staff have to get coverage through the insurance exchanges created by the healthcare law. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), who championed that provision, said it ensures that lawmakers live under the same rules as their constituents.” [The Hill, accessed 7/10/12]

Repealing the Affordable Care Act would increase costs on current Medicare beneficiaries. From January, 2011 through May, 2012 247,989 Medicare Part D beneficiaries in New York received an average benefit of $704.99 from the changes to Medicare Part D contained in the Affordable Care Act. [cms.gov, accessed 7/11/12]

“GOP offers health care repeal without alternative” [CBS News, accessed 7/11/12]

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