2,808 Wilmington Seniors At Risk If Tisei and Congressional Republicans Get their Way

2,808 Wilmington Seniors At Risk If Tisei and Congressional Republicans Get their Way


Mass. seniors using Medicare have saved an average of $648 from ObamaCare, Tisei wants to repeal it


BOSTON –In the wake of the Supreme Court's decision last month to uphold the Affordable Care Act, known as ObamaCare, Republican Congressional Candidate Richard Tisei reaffirmed his support for repeal of the legislation that has brought critical protections to millions of citizens across the Commonwealth, including nearly 3,000 senior citizens in Wilmington. Statewide, seniors benefitting from Medicare have saved an average of $648 on prescription drugs thanks to the bill.

Tomorrow, the Tea Party Republican-Controlled House of Representatives is set to vote to repeal ObamaCare. Failed Republican Lieutenant Governor Candidate Tisei supports this vote for repeal, which would increase prices on seniors’ prescription drugs, roll back free preventative services including mammograms, and take away insurance company rebates for approximately 85,000 families.
“Richard Tisei has yet again sided with Mitt Romney and the DC Republicans who hand picked him and are funding his campaign instead of middle class families in Wilmington,” said Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair John Walsh. “He has made it clear that he intends to keep fighting to strip middle class Wilmington families of the health care protections they need and deserve, and to force Wilmington seniors to pay more for their prescription drugs.”

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says that, thanks to the Affordable Care Act:
•      780,000 people across the Commonwealth receiving Medicare have taken advantage of key preventative services including mammograms and colonoscopies, for free.
•      Over 20,000 young people have been added to their parents’ insurance plans, thanks to the provision that allows young people to receiving their parents’ health insurance up until age 26.
•      Community health centers in Massachusetts have benefited from over $100 million in federal funding.
•      Health insurance companies will be required to provide an average refund of $140 to 85,000 Massachusetts families. The law requires companies who spend too much on administrative services and not enough on care to refund a portion of families’ premiums.
•      Approximately 70,000 Massachusetts seniors saved an average of $648, thanks to the closing of the so-called “Donut Hole.”
•      1.3 million Massachusetts residents now have access to preventative health care services as a part of their private policy.
•      Lifetime limits on health insurance plans have been lifted for 2.5 million people in the Commonwealth.


"If Richard Tisei and his friends get their way, Americans will lose access to preventative care and 85,000 families in the Commonwealth will be blocked from receiving money back from their insurance company," Walsh added. "The Affordable Care Act means better health care for people across the Commonwealth – Richard Tisei just doesn’t get it.”


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Lennie Malvone July 18, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Right If those Evil republicans ever get in it will be the end of civilizations as we know it. This article comes from a group who wants us to trust a congressman who 1) didnt know his wife was money laundering, and she says she loves her husband 2) his brother in law the crook says that Mr Tierny knew about the criminal activity. oh yes lets jump on board the Tierny Band wagon NOT. No I am supporting Richard Tisei
Massachusetts Democratic Party July 18, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Well, Lennie, I guess if you can't dispute the facts of this post, then personal attacks are the only thing you have left. -KF
Lennie Malvone July 18, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Well KF Nothing Personal About it Im am writing about FACTS already in play so what I am saying is I thing Mr Tierny Judgement is to be questioned,thats not a personal attack. I do not know anything personal about the man. So can you dispute the Facts that His wife was involved with money laundering and fact his brother in law is a known mobster. No i think not its all documented. My problem his Mr Tierny continue to claim he Knew nothing about it that is a Judgement call and that is what I question.
J.R. July 19, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Mr. Malvone, I can understand why you might question Mr. Tierney's judgement. However, it is entirely believable to me that Mr. Tierney had no knowledge of the crimes committed by his brother-in-law or his wife. I tend to be a fairly skeptical person, but I also believe that when you love someone and trust them, sometimes you don't see what everyone else thinks you should have been able to see. I also completely respect your right to vote as you see fit. Would you mind addressing some of the points made in the post above? For example, what is your take on the following quote from the article? " ... Tisei supports this vote for repeal [of the Affordable Care Act], which would increase prices on seniors’ prescription drugs, roll back free preventative services including mammograms, and take away insurance company rebates for approximately 85,000 families."
Lennie Malvone July 19, 2012 at 07:31 PM
I too support the repeal of ACA ( obamacare) for 3 reasons 1) The idea that I have to buy insurance other wise the goverment will fine me ( tax actually ) Why If I am Young ( will i used to be) and healthy i should be able to make my own mind up. 2) Repeal of ACA will not roll back free preventive care esp in this State where Mammograms where free to those who had no Insurance, Also health care was free to those who could not afford insurance ( I know this first hand from being in the health care industry) ALso Prescriptions for seniors are regulated by medicare which thanks to the ACA Obama already wants to cut into . Finally 3) Look at the post office and Amtrack inefficiant they run I don not want the Goverment doing to health care what they have done to those 2 quisi govermental dept. Plus the Idea of health care rationing ( yes it is in the bill ) Although I would agree that people , esp families of loved ones do over use teh health care system when their loved ones are in the termal stage of their illness, I would rather a good hospice system which can gentlly bring families around to allow the sick member to die with dignity then some panal that relies on cold one solution fits all type guidelines. I hope I have answered your Question also Please pardon the typing, I closed the care door on my finger ( never said I was gracefull )
Lennie Malvone July 19, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Also as far as not knowing about the crimes I grant you a loved one can sometimes overlook or miss what their spouse is up too ( love is very blind but the neighbors are not ), But i too am very skeptical maybe almost cynical esp when it comes to Politicians . His Brother in law Statement that Mr Tierny knew everything may be a brother in law who doesnt like his sister choice of a mate , or it may be acurate it should be investigated Thanks Lennie Malvone RN CEN
J.R. July 19, 2012 at 08:03 PM
I see. No need to apologize for the typing. Not everyone is a keyboard virtuoso : ) And I'm sorry you hurt your hand. I hope you didn't break any bones. I think that we have a simple ideological difference of opinion. You cite Massachusetts's healthcare system. And you're right. Appeal of ACA probably wouldn't have much of an effect here as it is modeled on our system. It would have an effect in other states though. Don't health insurance companies already ration health care? If you have a minute, would you mind linking me to the spot in the ACA where rationing is discussed? I read the bill when it was being debated, but it's entirely possible that I forgot something or missed something. (It was so long.) The healthcare system is overused in situations you describe. I think that may be in part due to physicians reacting to fear of litigation by ordering tests and treatments that will not really benefit the patient, but that demonstrate that every possible measure was taken. (We really need more geriatricians and we need to maybe make it a least a little harder for people to sue. There. I said it. We need tort reform.) And (you may already know) the idea of death panels has been thoroughly debunked: http://www.factcheck.org/2009/08/palin-vs-obama-death-panels/ http://www.factcheck.org/2012/04/death-panels-redux/ http://www.factcheck.org/2012/01/neurological-death-panels/ http://www.snopes.com/politics/medical/over75.asp
Lennie Malvone July 19, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Yes death panals as you have been debunked but not the idea of rationing ( very common in the UK and Canada ) and as I said I can understand the need but would rather it be done with goverment intervention,. I respect your postion though as I feel this is the way the bill should have been debated and not the way our congress did. Do I feel health care reform is needed with out a doubt, I also do not like insurance companies but I want Common sense reform. I am a conservative except on most social Issues ( my grandparents were arrested in the south for giving a their seat to an afro american lady ) so i come from a long line of activist and i would fight very hard for Healthcare reform just not this one . I want one that the people win in not the Insurance companies . I will find that part of the bill and post it
Lennie Malvone July 19, 2012 at 08:23 PM
That should state with out goverment intervention
J.R. July 19, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Your grandparents seem like remarkable and brave people. It had to have been hard for them to go against the grain like that. I applaud them. I don't love the idea of insurance companies benefitting from health care reform either. I'd prefer to see things done differently too, but I don't know that repealing the existing ACA is the answer. From what I've read, it would cause some very real problems with regard to provisions that are already active, such as the provision that allows college students to stay on their parents' insurance policies until they reach 25. I'd like to see it revisited and improved incrementally. Unfortunately, with the climate in Washington, I fear that rhetoric and ideological rants have taken the place of reasoned legislation. I really think that there needs to be a paradigm shift in the culture of health care. Since you are an RN, you will be able to speak to this better than I can, but it seems to me that part of the reason costs are so high stems from inefficiencies in patient care, billing, and medical office and hospital administration. I know that there are aspects of patient privacy that prevent a certain amount of streamlining, but there has to be something that can be done. I'm a moderate on fiscal issues. I am very much a liberal on social issues. In this day and age, that just about makes me a Communist :-) Thank you in advance for finding that part of the legislation referencing rationing.
Lennie Malvone July 19, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Thanks JR BTW please call me lennie, I am liberal on many social Issues but not all . My Grandparents where remarkable people I hope that i do them proud I try. I believe that on of the reasons for High cost of medicine is that Insurance co will pay example before third party payments to Pharmacys, Medication was farly inexpensive but once insurance co came in Pharmacutical companies increased their prices 3 and 4 fold knowing the Ins co would pay. Same with Hospital stays when Insurance started paying price went up so the best reason for Hi cost is greed . 2nd Defensive Medicine all you have to do is see the adds on tv by lawyers looking to sue for medicines or medical devices and you see why Docs practice that way( When I had just started practicing as a nurse my first pt was the grandmother of a very famous malpractice lawyer the reason I got her as a pt was I was low man on the totem poll ) So when you come into the hospital for a simple head laceration do to a bang on the head with no other symptoms or reasons for it instead of a simple neuro exam and suturing you are going to get a CT scan ( 2500.00) . Finally High cost is also d/t Patients demands, If an ER doc sees a patient and the Pt wants a test and threatens a law suit bingo the Pt Wins
Lennie Malvone July 20, 2012 at 12:55 AM
JR If you go to JAMA article dated 7/9/12 you will see theConcern or the IPAB which is a board in the ACA the willl monitor payments and end of life care I tried to cut a paste it but the coments could not handle it Lennie


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