Senate Democrats

How It’s Playing: Senate Democrats Vow To Stop Republican Efforts To Re-Open The Donut Hole And Put Insurance Companies Back In Charge

As Republicans cater to extremist elements in their party by attempting to re-open the donut hole and put insurance companies back in charge, Democrats are committed to defending seniors and middle-class Americans.

Associated Press: Citing Health Law’s Benefits, Senate Democrats Warn Boehner They’ll Block Health Care Repeal. “Top Senate Democrats are warning House Speaker-elect John Boehner they’ll block any Republican effort to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Citing better Medicare prescription coverage and other changes in the new law, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his top lieutenants say the overhaul "is too important to be treated as collateral damage in a partisan mission to repeal health care.”  LINK

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.” LINK

The Hill: Dems Threaten Boehner With Blocking Repeal Of Health Reform. “The Senate’s top Democrats wrote incoming House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Monday, vowing to block legislation to repeal healthcare reform. The five top Democrats in the Senate wrote Boehner in an effort to preemptively pressure the new GOP House against advancing legislation to undo the healthcare reform law passed last year, benefits of which started to take effect on Jan. 1. The Democrats, led by Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.), warned in specifics that if the GOP House passed a bill to do away with provisions fixing the ‘donut hole’ in seniors’ prescription drug coverage, they would block it in the Senate.” LINK

Washington Post: Senate Dems To Boehner: We’ll Block Your Repeal Push. “In the first official response from Dems to the House GOP plan to repeal health reform, Senate Democrats have penned a sharply worded letter to House Speaker John Boehner vowing that repeal is a dead letter in the Senate.” LINK

USA Today: Dems Warn GOP On Health Care Repeal. “Democrats are already taking aim at Republicans over President Obama’s health care law, even before John Boehner settles into the House speaker’s chair.” LINK

MSNBC: Senate Dems Vow To Block Efforts To Repeal Health Law. “In a letter to Speaker-in-waiting John Boehner, Senate Democratic leaders today made explicitly clear what has been long assumed about House GOP efforts to repeal the health care law.” LINK

Washington Monthly: Senate Dems See Opportunity With Health Care Repeal Push. “The letter was pretty clever — Dems noted that Boehner’s caucus intends to try to repeal the entire Affordable Care Act, but urged Republicans to consider what this would do to those seniors who’d feel the brunt of the GOP’s push.” LINK

Daily Kos: Senate Dems Vow To Block Health Reform Repeal. “Senate Democratic leadership has written to incoming House Speaker John Boehner to say that they’ll block any effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and to give him a political reminder about the popularity of some of the provisions of the act.” LINK

Politico: Senate Dems Launch Preemptive Health Care Strike. “Senate Democratic leadership reached out to senior citizens on Monday, in a preemptive strike on Republican efforts to repeal the sweeping health care law passed last year. 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 “donut-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.” LINK

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 healthcare 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.” LINK