In the wake of the Supreme Court's decision last month to uphold the Affordable Care Act, known as ObamaCare, Republican Congressional Candidate Richard Tisei reaffirmed his support for repeal of the legislation that has brought critical protections to millions of citizens across the Commonwealth, including over 1,000 senior citizens in Hamilton-Wenham. Statewide, seniors benefitting from Medicare have saved an average of $648 on prescription drugs thanks to the bill.
Tomorrow, the Tea Party Republican-Controlled House of Representatives is set to vote to repeal ObamaCare. Failed Republican Lt. Governor Candidate Tisei supports this vote for repeal, which would increase prices on seniors’ prescription drugs, roll back free preventative services including mammograms, and take away insurance company rebates for approximately 85,000 families.
“Richard Tisei has yet again sided with Mitt Romney and the DC Republicans who hand picked him and are funding his campaign instead of middle class families in Hamilton-Wenham,” said Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair John Walsh. “He has made it clear that he intends to keep fighting to strip middle class Hamilton-Wenham families of the health care protections they need and deserve, and to force Hamilton-Wenham seniors to pay more for their prescription drugs.”
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says that, thanks to the Affordable Care Act:
• 780,000 people across the Commonwealth receiving Medicare have taken advantage of key preventative services including mammograms and colonoscopies, for free.
• Over 20,000 young people have been added to their parents’ insurance plans, thanks to the provision that allows young people to receive their parents’ health insurance up until age 26.
• Community health centers in Massachusetts have benefited from over $100 million in federal funding.
• Health insurance companies will be required to provide an average refund of $140 to 85,000 Massachusetts families. The law requires companies who spend too much on administrative services and not enough on care to refund a portion of families’ premiums.
• Approximately 70,000 Massachusetts seniors saved an average of $648, thanks to the closing of the so-called “Donut Hole.”
• 1.3 million Massachusetts residents now have access to preventative health care services as a part of their private policy.
• Lifetime limits on health insurance plans have been lifted for 2.5 million people in the Commonwealth.
"If Richard Tisei and his friends get their way, Americans will lose access to preventative care and 85,000 families in the Commonwealth will be blocked from receiving money back from their insurance company," Walsh added. "The Affordable Care Act means better health care for people across the Commonwealth – Richard Tisei just doesn’t get it.”