Daniel Reilly, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in response to the announcement that more than one million Medicare beneficiaries have benefited from the closing of the 'donut hole' through the Affordable Care Act in the first half of 2012:
“This morning it was announced that over one million Medicare beneficiaries have saved money this year thanks to the Affordable Care Act, with the average senior saving $622 so far this year on prescription drugs. Affordable Care Act provisions, including closing the Part D ‘donut hole’ coverage gap, are resulting in real benefits and savings for seniors. More than 5.2 million seniors and others on Medicare have now saved a total of $3.9 billion on prescription drugs since the Affordable Care Act first came into effect.
“Unfortunately, Republicans have repeatedly voted to take away these very benefits from seniors and others who rely on Medicare. Such a repeal would significantly add to our deficit and leave millions of Americans paying more for their care. I call on Republicans to stop trying to turn back the clock and instead work with Democrats to preserve Medicare for generations to come.”