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New Report: Obamacare Has ALREADY Saved Seniors Nearly $4 Billion — on Drugs Alone

Steven Perlberg reports at Think Progress that The Centers for Medicare And Medicaid Services (CMS) has just released data indicating that more than 5.2 million seniors and people with disabilities have already saved nearly $4 billion on prescription drugs “as a direct result of the Affordable Care Act.”
This is very significant, especially considering that seniors are the demographic group with the highest voter turnout, as well as a potentially-pivotal demographic in a key swing state, Florida. Perlberg adds,

The CMS data also showed that over 1 million people with Medicare saved an average of $629 on prescriptions in the “donut hole” coverage gap since the beginning of the year. So far in 2012, Medicare coverage for generic drugs in the coverage gap has risen to 14 percent, saving Medicare beneficiaries a total of $687 million. Over the next few years, the government will cover more and more of brand-name and generic drugs until donut hole is closed in 2020.

Of course, the political benefit in November will undoubtedly depend to a great extent on how effectively this information is shared with seniors. This story deserves the full attention of Dems’ best messaging gurus.

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