MANSFIELD -- U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown told senior citizens Saturday the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act has plenty to offer them.

Efforts to repeal health care reform -- stepped up since November after Republicans captured more seats in Congress -- come from conservatives who for years took advantage of the higher quality health care plan offered those in elected office in Washington.

"It was controversial. I don't think it should have been controversial," Brown said.

Brown, who grew up in Mansfield and whose father, a physician, would have been 100 years old Saturday, spent an hour at Peoples Community Center, discussing new Medicare benefits under the health reform law.

Everyone who has Medicare will receive a free annual wellness visit, starting this year.

Osteoporosis screening, colorectal cancer screening and mammograms will be available to seniors at no copay and no deductible, he said.

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