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Letter: Just one of many benefits of ‘ObamaCare’ in 2011

December 13, 2011
Lehigh Acres Citizen

To The Editor:

An estimated 2.65 million Medicare recipients have saved a total of $1.5 billion in 2011 as projected. A $569-per-person average is currently being saved by seniors who need the most medicines while Medicare premiums have remained about the same.

How is this coming about? The savings is in the "doughnut hole" costs. (The doughnut hole is the gap in prescription drug coverage between about $2,900 and $6,500 - more than $3,000 that is out-of-pocket expense to Medicare recipients.) The new health reform law - "ObamaCare"-put a mandatory 50 percent discount on brand-name drugs, and 7 percent on generics, in the doughnut hole under Medicare Part D.

Another huge savings is to 24 million recipients who have received an annual physical and other preventive screenings provided for free under the new law.

Let us hope that Lehigh's retired citizens on Medicare are benefitting from the important changes brought about by ObamaCare, whose focus is on prevention.

For some reason, incomprehensible to most, Florida's attorney general, Pam Biondi, is suing to halt these and other benefits.

Old Medicare was diagnosis and treatment. Obama's new plan is prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

More improvements are yet to be implemented. Stay tuned in 2012.

Joan Patterson

Lehigh Acres



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