Senate Democrats

Memo: Republicans’ Reckless Plans Would Drive Up Drug Prices for Seniors, Put Sick Kids At Risk And Explode Our Deficit

To: Interested Parties

Fr: Democratic Policy and Communications Center

Re: Republicans’ Reckless Plans Would Drive Up Drug Prices for Seniors, Put Sick Kids At Risk And Explode Our Deficit

While Democrats have moved on to creating jobs, after a year, Republicans are still obsessed with yesterday’s battles. There are various reckless Republican plans to take away benefits and protections that millions of Americans rely on, but the thing they all have in common is that they would raise taxes on small businesses, increase prescription costs for seniors, allow insurance companies to deny care to sick children and increase the deficit by more than $1 trillion over the next two decades.

As Republicans continue to refight old battles, here are a few questions for them:

1. Republicans’ long-shot plan to defund the Affordable Care Act would prevent Medicare from paying the bills for millions of seniors, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Medicare would not be able to issue payments to private insurance plans that cover a quarter of all the seniors in the program and would risk “significant disruptions in services” to nearly 13 million Medicare recipients. Are Republicans willing to put Medicare benefits for nearly 13 million seniors at risk with their extreme plan?

2. Republicans’ ideological plan to repeal health reform would increase the deficit by more than $1 trillion over two decades, and $230 billion in the first decade alone. How can Republicans support a plan that would explode our deficit?

3. About 17 million children – nearly a quarter of all American children – have preexisting conditions that could be used by insurance companies to deny them care if the health reform law were repealed. How do Republicans justify a plan that would allow insurers to deny care to 17 million children?

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