While Democrats Fight to Protect Iowan’s Health Care, King and Latham Want You to Give It Back

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May 16, 2013                                                                                        Troy Price, 515.975.5478




If Republicans have their way Iowans would be on the hook for millions of dollars


DES MOINES – The Republican-controlled United State House of Representatives today voted for the 37th time to repeal President Obama’s Health Care Reform Legislation.


This particular legislation is designed to repeal Obamacare “as if such Act had not been enacted,” meaning that any benefits Iowans have received under the current law were never supposed to have been issued the first place and have to be given back.


Iowa Democrats Bruce Braley and Dave Loebsack stood up for the health care of Iowans, while Republicans Steve King and Tom Latham once again sided with the out-of-step Republican majority.


“Iowans owe Bruce Braley and Dave Loebsack a heartfelt debt of gratitude for once again defending their right to quality, affordable health care,” said IDP Chair Rep. Tyler Olson.  “For years, Iowans have fought to increase our Medicare reimbursements, close the donut hole, and eliminate discrimination for pre-existing conditions.  Now, Steve King and Tom Latham want to reverse course and force people to give any of these benefits back.  Iowans deserve someone in Washington who will fight for them, not against them, and that is what Iowans will get when Democrats defeat King and Latham in 2014.”


Under the bill passed by Republicans in the US House today:


  • Thousands of Iowa doctors would have to pay back the 5% increase in Medicare reimbursements that they received in 2010 and 2011.  This means they’d be paying back 5% of all Medicare reimbursements received over a 2-year period.  20 Iowa hospitals would have to write checks to Uncle Sam, totaling over $33 million they’d have to pay back in Medicare funds that they received thanks to additional geographic inequity work.


  • Nationwide, more than 6 million seniors would have to write checks to the government to give back the drug savings they’ve achieved through closing the donut hole.  Since the health care law was enacted, more than 6.3 million seniors in the Medicare Part D ‘donut hole’ coverage gap have saved over $6.1 billion on prescription drugs.  In 2012 alone, more than 3.5 million seniors saved more than $2.5 billion on Rx drugs, or an average of $706 per senior.


  • 6.6 million young adults would immediately lose their health insurance under their parent’s plan.  It would be as though it never happened, opening up millions of young adults to the possibility of lawsuits to recoup any health care benefits they received over the last two year.


  • Up to 17 million children with pre-existing health conditions could once again be discriminated against by insurance companies.





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