Senate Dems Line Up Against The House GOP’s Push For Repeal

In the Senate, Democratic leaders pledge to block any House attempt at repeal and cite the health measure’s benefits for seniors as key reason.

The Fiscal Times: Senate Dems Vow To Block Health Care Repeal
Senate Democratic leaders delivered a sharply worded letter to House Speaker John Boehner Monday, threatening to block any attempt by House Republicans to repeal health reform (Ross, 1/3).

The Hill: Citing Benefits For Seniors, Senate Leaders Say They Will Block Repeal Efforts
Leading Senate Democrats warned that the upper chamber will block any effort to repeal the new health care reform law in a letter sent to Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Monday. Pointing to a reform law provision that closes the so-called Medicare doughnut hole for prescription drugs, the senators said consumer protections included in the reform law would be eliminated if Republicans made good on their promise to repeal the reform law (Millman, 1/3).

Modern Healthcare: Senate Democrats Warn Boehner About Importance Of ‘Doughnut Hole’ Fix
As House Republicans begin the new year planning to repeal 2010’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — with a vote scheduled for Jan. 12 — Senate Democrats are urging the House GOP not to repeal the so-called “doughnut hole” fix for seniors, which took effect on New Year’s Day (Zigmond, 1/3).

Roll Call: Senate Democrats Warn Repeal Would Hurt Seniors
Senate Democrats pushed back Monday against Republican promises to repeal the health care overhaul law, urging Speaker-designate John Boehner to back off or jeopardize drug benefits for seniors (Drucker, 1/3).

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