Letter to the editor: Senior citizens need to stand up for health care rights

Dear Ballard News-Tribune:

Billions of dollars in savings and added benefits for Medicare beneficiaries were preserved thanks to the Supreme Court ruling that upheld the Affordable Care Act. However, now I hear that the ACA is in jeopardy once again because the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, has decided to hold a vote on July 11th to repeal the entire law.

Apparently, some in Congress would like to take away our benefits such as closing the Medicare Part D prescription drug doughnut hole, annual wellness visits to the doctor and free disease screenings for cancer and diabetes patients. The truth is, the health care law has improved coverage and has cut out-of-pocket costs for millions of older Americans and their families.

Seniors need to call their local Representative and ask them to vote against any legislation that would repeal the Affordable Care Act. Members of Congress have the power to revoke the ACA, but they should remember that seniors have the power to revoke their time in Washington, DC in November.

Matt Courter

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