What Actually Is In The Affordable Care Act?

Describes how the Affordable Care Act closes the 'Donut' hole

What follows is one of a series of facts on what is included in the Affordable Care Act. Readers can come to their own conclusions as to the value of the rule and whether the rule should or should not be part of our country’s health care system.

Medicare Drug Discounts

The Affordable Care Act includes benefits to make your Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D) more affordable. It does this by gradually closing the gap in drug coverage known as the "Donut Hole."

What This Means for You:

Starting January 1, 2011, if you reach the coverage gap in your Medicare Part D coverage, you will automatically get a 50% discount on covered brand-name drugs. You receive the discount when you buy them at a pharmacy or order them through the mail, until you reach the catastrophic coverage

  • You will also get a 7% discount on generic drugs while in the Donut Hole.
  • You can expect additional savings on your covered brand-name and generic drugs while in the coverage gap until the gap is closed in 2020.

Status of rule: In effect as of January 1, 2011

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Willie C. Moore

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Mike Check July 11, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Hey Willie, does George pay you to sit on the computer all day and spread nonsense progressive rubbish? I have to believe your time could be better spent. Just a thought.
Julie Ferenzi July 11, 2012 at 08:01 PM
What about the taxes we will have to pay on our families premium health insurance that we enjoy as an employee benefits package through my husbands employer that will now be considered "income"? I have insurance and instead of contributing to the problem, we will end up being punished for having insurance. This legislation is a piece of crap. They could have made changes to make care more affordable, but instead the cronies in power, burdened the tax payers with the biggest tax increase in American history and got this act passed by every questionable means possible. They used reconciliation as a last ditch effort to shove this down our throat even AFTER the people spoke in the 2010 mid term elections. Sad.
Scott July 11, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Julie, you have a right to your own opinion but not your own facts. The Affordable Care Act was passed in March of 2010. Elections in this country take place in November. It was debated in congress for almost a year. Also the ACA is not the largest tax increase in America's history. The Reagan tax increase in 1982 (for example) was much bigger than the ACA. http://theincidentaleconomist.com/wordpress/obamacare-is-the-biggest-tax-increase-in-history-if-you-ignore-history/
Julie Ferenzi July 12, 2012 at 03:37 AM
My apologies regarding the timeline. I meant after Scott Brown was elected. It just seems like this administration will do anything to get their agenda passed. Using reconciliation to pass this bill was sneaky and shady.
Julie Ferenzi July 12, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Wait, I just clicked on the link you posted. You cite a blog to defend the fact that it is not the largest tax increase? Really?
Julie Ferenzi July 12, 2012 at 04:38 AM
I guess if you don't mind me citing a blog post to disagree, take a look at this: http://reason.com/archives/2012/07/09/yes-actually-obamacare-is-the-biggest-ta
LMS July 12, 2012 at 04:38 AM
Julie- I hope you don't get two e-mail notifications. My husband (Scott) left himself logged in and I just wasted a bunch of time writing a response I had to wipe out. The gist of it was, I'm guessing Scott linked to that particular source due to the ease of reading the data table. I've heard the same information in several different formats, and the link Scott used references more than one source. That's the type of information that's relatively easy to confirm or refute, but I don't see you refuting his information with facts- just shooting back a sassy, "Really?" comment. Fox News sound bites and facts are not the same thing. Far from it. Please share data supporting your claim "the cronies in power, burdened the tax payers with the biggest tax increase in American history." Especially if you're going to ridicule the data that Scott contributed to the discussion.
Julie Ferenzi July 12, 2012 at 04:44 AM
Blogs are not unbiased in their reporting. That is the problem I had with the link. How in the world do you know how my views are shaped and what they are based on. I haven't said anything about Fox News or cited them in any part of my argument against the act. Cherry picking the beneficial attributes of this act while sweeping the bad parts under the rug is deceitful and completely out of context.
Julie Ferenzi July 12, 2012 at 04:55 AM
Believe me, I know how important healthcare is. I believe that reform was needed. Nancy Pelosi, in her own words said: "We have to pass the (health care) bill so you can find out what is in it." ~Nancy Pelosi, speech to National Association of Counties, March 9. When the people making our laws have no idea how to explain what the law is, they no longer represent us, they dictate us.
Julie Ferenzi July 12, 2012 at 05:06 AM
My "really?" was not meant to be sassy, it was meant show my disappointment that if you want me to take your argument seriously when you cite a blog (which are completely opinion based formats, I know I've been blogging for years), and you are accusing me of making up my own facts. I'd rather see the actual fact based article rather than a regurgitated blog since I was the one being accused of distorting the facts. I meant no disrespect, but when I'm being asked to accept something as fact, and someone questions my sources, I just think that citing a blog is not the best possible way to rebuttal my response.
Mike Check July 12, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Julie, I agree with your position and I think as a whole, we all need to stop paying attention to this propaganda machine Moveon Council. This organization is heavily funded by George Soros crooked pig of a man. He is the Godfather of the "open society" concept which is worse than communism. He is not even allowed back in his birth country do to the fact he manipulated the currency to make him self filthy rich and screwed the rest. All we have to remember is Progressivism is a disease and pay no attention to George's minions!!!!!!!!!
Julie Ferenzi July 12, 2012 at 01:36 PM
It's so frustrating though Mike! Half of me wants to ignore the left, and all the lies they use to stay in power... but that makes me feel guilty that I'm not doing what I can to educate more people about what is really going on and why it will not work. History is so interesting, and scary at the same time. It always has a way of repeating itself...
Mike Check July 12, 2012 at 01:44 PM
True indeed. That is the best part, we know their plan and how they intend to carry it out. What we can do is continue to call out their lies. These people are a very small fringe portion of the population. You and I are part of the general population. Trust me, there are many more people with our point of view then there are with theirs and I think now people are starting to sit up and take notice to whats been happening these past few years.
Julie Ferenzi July 12, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Yes, George Soros is a very scary person to be playing such a big part in what happens to our country. He has collapsed other economies for sport. Many people don't even have any idea WHO he is. I'm not sure which way "Accuracy in Media" leans, but I found this to be an interesting article that gives a lot of insight to some of his already dastardly accomplishments: http://www.aim.org/aim-column/soros-bets-on-u-s-financial-collapse/
BitterBluePoison July 12, 2012 at 05:22 PM
How in hell did Obama ever get elected!? We need Election Reform!!!
South Suburban MoveOn Council July 12, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Hey, Mike, what you call rubbish is simply the facts of what actually is in the Affordable Care Act. I can understand your frustration in not being able to respond in any meaningful manner why closing the 'Donut" hole is a bad thing and should be repealed. And no one pays me to do this. It is a work of love. Willie C. Moore
South Suburban MoveOn Council July 12, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Georg Bush passed both of his tax cuts using reconciliation. Willie C. Moore


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