U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown: Health care repeal won't pass Senate

News-Herald

The debate over the new health care law continues in Congress as Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are vowing to repeal the measure.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said repeal of the law won't make its way through the U.S. Senate.

"I think this new law is becoming increasingly popular with the American public," Brown said.

During a conference call this week, Brown said senior citizens will see a Medicare "doughnut hole" fix that went into effect this past Saturday as part of the health care reform law passed last year.

The doughnut hole begins when a person spends more than $2,800 on medical prescriptions.

After that, the person gets no benefit from Medicare or the new health law until they spend $4,500.

"You have about $1,700 where you get no assistance from the government," Brown said.

The new health care law, called the Affordable Care Act, provides a 50 percent brand-name prescription drug discount for seniors who are within the gap, he said.
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