Senate Democrats Vow to Defend Medicare Provision in Health Reform Law

Senate Democratic leadership “reached out to senior citizens on Monday, in a pre-emptive strike on Republican efforts to repeal the sweeping health care law passed last year,” POLITICO reports.

In a letter to incoming House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and top Democratic leaders vowed to defend the measure that plugs the so-called Medicare doughnut hole. The new Medicare Part D provision is designed to help millions of seniors cover the costs of their prescription drugs. It took effect on Jan. 1, earlier than other parts of the new health care law.

“If House Republicans move forward with a repeal of the health care law that threatens consumer benefits like the ‘doughnut hole’ fix, we will block it in the Senate,” wrote Reid and other top Democratic leaders. “This proposal deserves a chance to work. It is too important to be treated as collateral damage in a partisan mission to repeal health care.”

Reid, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, and Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer, Debbie Stabenow and Patty Murray signed off on the letter.

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