Dear Mr. (L)
Thank you for contacting me about health care reform. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed the Senate on December 24, 2009. I spent countless hour studying the various health care proposals before Congress and their impact on Floridians, and after much consideration I voted for the bill. I hope that Congress will continue to work on crafting legislation that can get through both chambers, and I welcome the opportunity to work in a bipartisan manner.
The Senate bill has many good elements. It would allow those who are happy with their insurance to keep what they have got, including veterans and seniors on Medicare. It stops insurance companies from dropping people when they get sick or denying coverage of pre-existing conditions, and creates State-based exchanges where folks without coverage can find it at an affordable price. Additionally, it contains several measures aimed at reducing overall medical and prescription drug costs and eliminating waste and fraud in the system. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has estimated that the bill as passed by the Senate will reduce the Federal budget by $130 billion over ten years and $1.3 trillion in the following ten years.
Among the improvements I fought for is a provision that will preserve benefits for an estimated 800,000 Medicare Advantage enrollees in Florida, and another provision that will protect tax benefits for seniors who have high medical expenses.
I also introduced an amendment that would force pharmaceutical companies to give rebates to the Federal government for certain drugs purchased under the Medicare Part D program. These rebates would close the coverage gap in Part D known as the donut hole and save the government billions of dollars. I was disappointed that this amendment was not included, but I made clear that when a final version of the bill is negotiated, I expect there to be a mechanism for closing the donut hole for seniors.
Although we may disagree on some of the specifics of the bill, I think most Americans feel that the system we have now can be unfair and too costly. This bill contains a number of reforms that are necessary if we are to have any chance at expanding access to health care while reducing the cost over the long term.
I appreciate hearing from you on this very important issue; the opinions of Floridians are central to my decision-making process. Please don't hesitate to contact me in the future.
Senator Bill Nelson
Please go back and read my post from 1/24/2010 "An Open Letter To All Democratic Senators" (L) and tell me if anyone thinks this BOZO read a damn word I said!
This is the kind of crap that as Glenn would say, "Makes Blood Shoot Out Of My Eyes!" First of all why did it take him (them) almost a month to respond and not address one issue from my letter! Do they really think that we are so stupid we can't see through their BS! We need to send him and the rest of the BOZOS packing ASAP!