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Letter to the Editor: Scott Brown’s Health Care Policy Harmful for Dedham Seniors

By Mathew Helman

 

According to the 2010 Census, 4,549 people age 65 and older live in Dedham, and every one of them should be deeply concerned about Republican Scott Brown’s health care policy.  The centerpiece of Brown’s health care policy is working to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the federal health care reform law known as ObamaCare.

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Community Catalyst Action Fund released a new analysis finding that, if the Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”) is repealed, senior citizens in Dedham and across Massachusetts will be saddled with higher costs and fewer benefits.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

Dan O'Neil October 24, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Nobody wants to see seniors hurt. My parents are almost there and I'll be a senior one day, but here's the thing. Elizabeth Warren is a fraud. She won't tell the truth about her heritage, her involvement representing big businesses in court cases and is simply not a trustworthy candidate. You may not like Scott Brown. Quite Frankly I'm not sold on him either. I am a republican and I voted for Coakley when he ran last time. The one thing you can say about him is you know what your getting. He is bipartisan so he is not always going to vote the way we would like, but at least he's honest about it. He tells you what you are going to get and unlike his opponent you know who and what he is. Unfortunately he is getting my vote simply by default because I cannot in good consience vote for Warren. As a matter of fact I wont vote for President because both candidates are both lousy and are not worthy of my vote.

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