Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid recently authored an opinion piece in the AARP Bulletin titled: “New Health Care Law Works.” In response, U.S. Senator John Barrasso detailed several points opposing the law last week.
Sen. Barrasso explained on the floor of the U.S. Senate in his “A Second Opinion...about the health care bill” that Kaiser Survey results have only 34% of Americans reviewing the law as favorable.
Barrasso explains how specifically Medicare patients are displeased.
He went on to comment on Medicaid under the new law, and how he believes it will only hurt the states in the long run.
Sen. Barrasso also said that the average family health care premiums have increased 9% from 2009 when the law went into effect to September 27, 2011, according to the Kaiser report.
Premiums increased from $13,770 to $15,073. He added that mandates of the new law also increase employer rates, causing them to drop employee health care plans.
Sen. Reid's piece centered around the benefits the new law is providing for seniors, specifically affordable prescription drugs and other services. He says that seniors have saved $460 million in prescription drugs because of the bill.