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Aug222014

NHDP - FACTCHECK: Brown Would Force New Hampshire Seniors to Pay More 

While Brown Wages False Attacks, He Plans to Endanger Medicare, Reopen Donut Hole, Reverse $40 Million in Drug Savings for Seniors
 

Manchester, NH—Scott Brown’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, would hurt New Hampshire seniors benefitting from the closing of the Medicare Part D prescription drug donut hole, and the $40 million in overall drug savings for seniors. By voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Brown also would also reverse the progress made to increase the solvency of the Medicare Trust Fund for an additional 1​3 years.


Meanwhile, Scott Brown and the NHGOP are launching attacks that have been repeatedly fact checked as being completely false, proving Brown is not to be trusted by Granite State seniors.

 
“This much is clear: Scott Brown would force New Hampshire seniors to pay more so the big insurance and pharmaceutical companies could increase profits,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain.  “Scott Brown would endanger the Medicare Trust Fund, reopen the donut hole, and ​leave New Hampshire seniors, with higher bills. Granite State seniors can’t afford to pay more for their prescriptions, and they can’t afford Scott Brown."
 
Since 2010, seniors have saved more than $40 million on prescription drugs as a result of the Affordable Care Act. In just the first six months of 2014, the average savings per Medicare beneficiary in the donut hole ​was $800. The ACA also is also closing the Medicare Part D “donut hole” by increasing coverage gradually and saving seniors more money each year until the gap in coverage is completely closed in 2020.
 
“Scott Brown is on the side of big insurance companies and big pharmaceutical companies. He votes for their interests and they give him hundreds of thousands of dollars — nearly half a million dollars from the drug companies alone — to pay for his campaigns. New Hampshire seniors need a Senator who’s going to protect their interests, not the big corporations,” said McClain. 

 

Fact: Brown’s Claim That Shaheen Voted To Cut Medicare Is Simply False

 
PolitFact: Health Care Did Not “Cut A Dollar Amount From The Medicare Program’s Budget.” “First things first: Neither Obama nor his health care law literally cut a dollar amount from the Medicare program’s budget. Rather, the health care law instituted a number of changes to try to bring down future health care costs in the program.” [PolitiFact8/12/12]
 
Factcheck.org: Healthcare Law “Stipulates That Guaranteed Medicare Benefits Won't Be Reduced, And It Adds Some New Benefits.” In June 2012, Factcheck.org wrote that the health care law “stipulates that guaranteed Medicare benefits won't be reduced, and it adds some new benefits, such as improved coverage for pharmaceuticals.” They continued: ‘As we have written many times, the law does not slash the current Medicare budget by $500 billion. Rather, that's a $500 billion reduction in the future growth of Medicare over 10 years, or about a 7 percent reduction in growth over the decade. In other words, Medicare spending would continue to rise, just not as much. The law stipulates that guaranteed Medicare benefits won't be reduced, and it adds some new benefits, such as improved coverage for pharmaceuticals.” [Factcheck.org, 6/28/12]
 


Fact: Scott Brown Voted For Republican Spending Plan Opposed By AARP Because It Would Force Steep Cuts To Medicare & Social Security

 
July 2011: Brown Voted For Cut, Cap, and Kill Medicare Bill That Would Force Deep Cuts to Social Security and Medicare.  [Vote 116, 7/22/11; Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 7/16/11]
 
·       Boston Herald:  Cut, Cap and Balance “Would Have Required Cuts Into Programs Such as Medicare and Social Security.” [The Boston Herald, 7/23/11]
 
·       AARP Opposed Cut, Cap and Balance Because It Did Not Shield Social Security and Medicare From “Arbitrary Reductions.”  [AARP Letter, 7/21/11]
 
·       Cut, Cap, & Balance Would End the Medicare Guarantee and Slash Services While Giving a Tax Break for the Wealthy. “The balanced budget constitutional amendment (H. J. Res. 1) recently approved by the Judiciary Committee is a masquerade designed to foster the policy choices of the Republican budget: to end the Medicare guarantee for seniors and slash vital services while providing tax breaks for the wealthy.  This balanced budget amendment would have dire consequences on the economy, on Medicare and other government guarantees to our citizens, and on Congress’s ability to respond to changing needs.” [Democratic House Committee on the Budget, 6/27/11]
 
·       Cut, Cap, & Balance Would Require More Extreme Cuts Than Ryan Budget Plan; Any Budget Passed Under Reagan Would Violate its Structures. “The constitutional balanced budget amendment that the House Judiciary Committee began considering June 2 and is expected to pass next week, is a highly ideological measure that would force Congress to enact the Republican Study Committee’s extreme budget plan or something similar to it. Even the House-passed budget plan of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan would not pass muster under the proposal; the more draconian Republican Study Committee (RSC) budget or a close equivalent would be required.” According to the Washington Post, “The 18 percent cap on spending is so severe that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s economic plan would violate its strictures.  So would any budget passed under President Ronald Reagan.” [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 6/6/11]

 

Fact: The ACA Helped Improve Medicare’s Solvency By 13 Years & New Hampshire Seniors Are Saving On Prescription Drugs & Gained Access To Free Preventive Care Because Of The Law

 
ACA Helped Improve Medicare’s Solvency By 13 Years, Through 2030. [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 8/4/14]
 
Seniors In New Hampshire Have Saved $40,381,080 On Prescription Drugs Since 2010. [Department of Health & Human Services, 7/29/14
 
·       15,535 NH Medicare Recipients Had Saved Over $13M On Prescription Drugs In 2013 Because Of The ACA, Average Savings Was $843.  [Department of Health and Human Services, 6/2/14]
 
ACA Would Continue To Close Donut Hole Until It Is Completely Closed, Saving Seniors Even More Money. [Department of Health and Human Services, 6/2/14]
 
More That 150k Granite State Medicare Enrollees Received Free Preventive Health Services. [Department of Health and Human Services, 8/1/13]

 

Fact: Medicare Advantage Enrollment Is At An All Time High & Premiums Are Down Nearly 10% Since The ACA Became Law

 
Since The Affordable Care Act Became Law, Enrollment In Medicare Advantage Has Increased More Than 30% And Premiums Have Decreased 9.8%. CBO projects that Medicare Advantage enrollment will continue to grow for the next decade. [Kaiser Family Foundation, 6/6/13; HHS, 9/19/13; CBO, 5/4/13]
 
·       More Medicare Beneficiaries Are Enrolled In Medicare Advantage Than Ever Before. Enrollment increased by nearly 10% from 2012 to 2013, as the program added more than 1 million seniors. [Kaiser Family Foundation, 6/6/13; HHS, 9/19/13; CBO, 5/4/13]

  While Brown Wages False Attacks, He Plans to Endanger Medicare, Reopen Donut Hole, Reverse $40 Million in Drug Savings for Seniors
 

Manchester, NH—Scott Brown’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, would hurt New Hampshire seniors benefitting from the closing of the Medicare Part D prescription drug donut hole, and the $40 million in overall drug savings for seniors. By voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Brown also would also reverse the progress made to increase the solvency of the Medicare Trust Fund for an additional 1​3 years.


Meanwhile, Scott Brown and the NHGOP are launching attacks that have been repeatedly fact checked as being completely false, proving Brown is not to be trusted by Granite State seniors.

 
“This much is clear: Scott Brown would force New Hampshire seniors to pay more so the big insurance and pharmaceutical companies could increase profits,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain.  “Scott Brown would endanger the Medicare Trust Fund, reopen the donut hole, and ​leave New Hampshire seniors, with higher bills. Granite State seniors can’t afford to pay more for their prescriptions, and they can’t afford Scott Brown."
 
Since 2010, seniors have saved more than $40 million on prescription drugs as a result of the Affordable Care Act. In just the first six months of 2014, the average savings per Medicare beneficiary in the donut hole ​was $800. The ACA also is also closing the Medicare Part D “donut hole” by increasing coverage gradually and saving seniors more money each year until the gap in coverage is completely closed in 2020.
 
“Scott Brown is on the side of big insurance companies and big pharmaceutical companies. He votes for their interests and they give him hundreds of thousands of dollars — nearly half a million dollars from the drug companies alone — to pay for his campaigns. New Hampshire seniors need a Senator who’s going to protect their interests, not the big corporations,” said McClain. 

 

Fact: Brown’s Claim That Shaheen Voted To Cut Medicare Is Simply False

 
PolitFact: Health Care Did Not “Cut A Dollar Amount From The Medicare Program’s Budget.” “First things first: Neither Obama nor his health care law literally cut a dollar amount from the Medicare program’s budget. Rather, the health care law instituted a number of changes to try to bring down future health care costs in the program.” [PolitiFact8/12/12]
 
Factcheck.org: Healthcare Law “Stipulates That Guaranteed Medicare Benefits Won't Be Reduced, And It Adds Some New Benefits.” In June 2012, Factcheck.org wrote that the health care law “stipulates that guaranteed Medicare benefits won't be reduced, and it adds some new benefits, such as improved coverage for pharmaceuticals.” They continued: ‘As we have written many times, the law does not slash the current Medicare budget by $500 billion. Rather, that's a $500 billion reduction in the future growth of Medicare over 10 years, or about a 7 percent reduction in growth over the decade. In other words, Medicare spending would continue to rise, just not as much. The law stipulates that guaranteed Medicare benefits won't be reduced, and it adds some new benefits, such as improved coverage for pharmaceuticals.” [Factcheck.org, 6/28/12]
 


Fact: Scott Brown Voted For Republican Spending Plan Opposed By AARP Because It Would Force Steep Cuts To Medicare & Social Security

 
July 2011: Brown Voted For Cut, Cap, and Kill Medicare Bill That Would Force Deep Cuts to Social Security and Medicare.  [Vote 116, 7/22/11; Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 7/16/11]
 
·       Boston Herald:  Cut, Cap and Balance “Would Have Required Cuts Into Programs Such as Medicare and Social Security.” [The Boston Herald, 7/23/11]
 
·       AARP Opposed Cut, Cap and Balance Because It Did Not Shield Social Security and Medicare From “Arbitrary Reductions.”  [AARP Letter, 7/21/11]
 
·       Cut, Cap, & Balance Would End the Medicare Guarantee and Slash Services While Giving a Tax Break for the Wealthy. “The balanced budget constitutional amendment (H. J. Res. 1) recently approved by the Judiciary Committee is a masquerade designed to foster the policy choices of the Republican budget: to end the Medicare guarantee for seniors and slash vital services while providing tax breaks for the wealthy.  This balanced budget amendment would have dire consequences on the economy, on Medicare and other government guarantees to our citizens, and on Congress’s ability to respond to changing needs.” [Democratic House Committee on the Budget, 6/27/11]
 
·       Cut, Cap, & Balance Would Require More Extreme Cuts Than Ryan Budget Plan; Any Budget Passed Under Reagan Would Violate its Structures. “The constitutional balanced budget amendment that the House Judiciary Committee began considering June 2 and is expected to pass next week, is a highly ideological measure that would force Congress to enact the Republican Study Committee’s extreme budget plan or something similar to it. Even the House-passed budget plan of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan would not pass muster under the proposal; the more draconian Republican Study Committee (RSC) budget or a close equivalent would be required.” According to the Washington Post, “The 18 percent cap on spending is so severe that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s economic plan would violate its strictures.  So would any budget passed under President Ronald Reagan.” [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 6/6/11]

 

Fact: The ACA Helped Improve Medicare’s Solvency By 13 Years & New Hampshire Seniors Are Saving On Prescription Drugs & Gained Access To Free Preventive Care Because Of The Law

 
ACA Helped Improve Medicare’s Solvency By 13 Years, Through 2030. [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 8/4/14]
 
Seniors In New Hampshire Have Saved $40,381,080 On Prescription Drugs Since 2010. [Department of Health & Human Services, 7/29/14
 
·       15,535 NH Medicare Recipients Had Saved Over $13M On Prescription Drugs In 2013 Because Of The ACA, Average Savings Was $843.  [Department of Health and Human Services, 6/2/14]
 
ACA Would Continue To Close Donut Hole Until It Is Completely Closed, Saving Seniors Even More Money. [Department of Health and Human Services, 6/2/14]
 
More That 150k Granite State Medicare Enrollees Received Free Preventive Health Services. [Department of Health and Human Services, 8/1/13]

 

Fact: Medicare Advantage Enrollment Is At An All Time High & Premiums Are Down Nearly 10% Since The ACA Became Law

 
Since The Affordable Care Act Became Law, Enrollment In Medicare Advantage Has Increased More Than 30% And Premiums Have Decreased 9.8%. CBO projects that Medicare Advantage enrollment will continue to grow for the next decade. [Kaiser Family Foundation, 6/6/13; HHS, 9/19/13; CBO, 5/4/13]
 
·       More Medicare Beneficiaries Are Enrolled In Medicare Advantage Than Ever Before. Enrollment increased by nearly 10% from 2012 to 2013, as the program added more than 1 million seniors. [Kaiser Family Foundation, 6/6/13; HHS, 9/19/13; CBO, 5/4/13]

 

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