Maloney warns seniors about possible repeal of ACA

Crowd at the Stein Center (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Crowd at the Stein Center (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney is putting seniors on alert about how a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) would affect their drug prices.

“(The ACA) is helpful to seniors and it would be dangerous to repeal it,” Maloney told seniors at the Stein Center on Friday. “It would threaten the economy, children and seniors. Healthcare is better under the ACA and seniors have more protections.”

State Senator Brad Hoylman and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (Photo by Michelle Deal-Winfield)

State Senator Brad Hoylman and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (Photo by Michelle Deal-Winfield)

The congresswoman, who was joined by State Senator Brad Hoylman, explained that the coverage gap in Medicare prescription drug plans, often referred to as the “donut hole,” has decreased under Obamacare but she warned that the gap could return if the ACA is repealed. According to Maloney, seniors who previously fell into the coverage gap saved an average of $1,195. She noted that the gap was supposed to be closed completely by 2020, but if the ACA is repealed, seniors in that coverage gap will again have to pay 100 percent of their drugs costs.

Maloney added that Medicare was expected to run out of money by this year but the Medicare trust fund is now safe through 2030 because of the ACA, due to savings from the new efficiencies enacted by the law.

The talk at the Stein Center drew a bigger turnout than the Congresswoman said she’d expected, with more than 50 seniors. Some said they were worried about their current costs as well as the effect a repeal of the ACA could have on the cost of their medications.

“The cost of healthcare is increasing at the lowest rate in 50 years,” Maloney said. “No senior should have to choose between medication, groceries and paying rent. If the Affordable Care Act is repealed, seniors will again be put into an impossible decision, as a rise in drug costs will certainly be swift.”

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2 thoughts on “Maloney warns seniors about possible repeal of ACA

  1. Pure lies and deceit is bad enough but conning the elderly is beyond the pale. These two dopes need to be removed from office….today!

    • Couldn’t agree more! What makes this worse is that she is scaring people who probably have nothing to worry about with their insurance. Since many are old-timers from middle class NYC, they are probably covered through life. Remember way back when this place was filled with teachers, cops, firefighters, etc.? Yeah, they are probably covered through the day they die.

      Leave it up to to these two to scare a vulnerable population (and they will truly be scared for no reason).

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