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Repeal of Health Law Would Eliminate Important Improvements for Seniors

Outline: AARP opposes repeal because the new law includes many vital provisions important to older Americans and their children.

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AARP Letter to Congress

Repeal of Health Law Would Eliminate Important Improvements for Older Americans.

Barry Rand sent a letter to Members of Congress today in advance of a scheduled vote on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act. In his letter, Rand said, "While we respect that there are those who do not support the ACA, AARP opposes repeal because the new law includes many vital provisions important to older Americans and their children."

Full Text of the Letter

Dear Speaker Boehner/Leader Pelosi:

As the House prepares to vote this week on repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), I am writing to make clear AARP's position. While we respect that there are those who do not support the ACA, AARP opposes repeal because the new law includes many vital provisions important to older Americans and their children.

Through outreach and conversations with AARP members and other Americans, as well as information reflected in public polling, we have learned that older Americans and their families while still unclear on many aspects of the new law support key provisions of the ACA.

These include:

AARP appreciates that many have strongly held views on the new law. However, repeal of the ACA would result in the loss of these important protections for older Americans. As health care will continue to present many challenges, we look forward to working constructively with the 112th Congress to strengthen Medicare and improve our entire health care system.

Sincerely,

Addison Barry Rand

For more information, visit www.aarp.org

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