NEW YORK — Three million senior citizens could each have to repay the government $250 if health care reform is repealed, according to two Democratic senators, the latest in Democrats’ offensive to highlight the benefits of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), both members of the Finance Committee, which oversees Medicare, have written a letter to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) arguing that repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act could force seniors to send back the prescription drug rebate checks they received in 2010. From their letter:
We are particularly concerned that repeal would reverse the course of making prescription drugs more affordable for seniors. The legislation approved by the House could require seniors to repay the government. As a first step to reducing the cost of prescription drugs, the ACA provided a $250 rebate check to seniors who fell into the “donut hole” — or gap in prescription drug coverage — in 2010. Repeal could force 3 million seniors to repay the government the $250 that they received last year.
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