Seniors take stand against proposed health care bill

Some Brooklyn senior citizens are taking a stand against the proposed American Health Care Act.

Some Brooklyn senior citizens are taking a stand against the proposed American Health Care Act. (3/17/17)

BROOKLYN - Some Brooklyn senior citizens are taking a stand against the proposed American Health Care Act.

The seniors, along with health care workers and supportive organizations, rallied to ask U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan to vote "no" on the proposed bill.

As Republicans fast-track a plan to replace former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, residents from the Bay Ridge Senior Center are worried about where their Medicare benefits stand, and what programs will be taken out.

A spokesperson for Donovan says the lawmaker has met with various health care representatives in the past two weeks and plans on communicating residents' concerns to Congress.

"They are going to have to possibly pay more money out of pocket, a great deal of more money. There's going to be solvency in the Medicare trust fund, which is the opposite that we need to do as a society," says Beth Finkel, of AARP.

According to experts, millions of people covered by Medicare and Medicaid are at risk of losing benefits. 

 

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