Washington, D.C.—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid released the following statement this afternoon in reaction to support for The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act from AARP. Their letter, released this morning, is attached to this statement:
“I appreciate AARP’s support for our historic health reform bill. As an important voice for millions of American seniors, they know better than anyone how seniors are being overwhelmed by skyrocketing health care costs. Their decision to stand with us to ensure quality, affordable health care for America’s seniors continues the strong momentum that is building behind health reform.
“In addition, I reiterate the commitment that I made along with Chairmen Baucus and Dodd on the Senate floor last night to close the coverage gap in Medicare Part D. Closing this gap, known as the ‘doughnut hole,’ would help over 58,000 Nevada seniors. AARP believes that this action is an essential part of reform that will help control costs. Our seniors, in Nevada and around the country, should be able to make critical medical decisions based on the care that they need, not what they can afford.
“Our bill saves money, saves lives and saves Medicare. Meaningful health reform is in sight, and Senate Democrats are committed to reaching the finish line.”