Tensions over health care rise as Dem senators pen letter to Boehner

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After indications over the weekend that Republicans are looking to vote on a repeal of health care legislation, five Democratic senators, including Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), have written a letter warning incoming House Speaker John Boenher (R-OH) of the effects a health care repeal would have on seniors who fall into the so-called Medicare “donut hole,” and vowing to block any Republican-led effort aimed at repealing the legislation.

Provisions of the new health care law that just took effect on January 1st give seniors a 50 percent break on the cost of prescription drugs when they’re caught in a gap between basic and catastrophic Medicare coverage. The health care law is supposed to end the Medicare “donut hole” in the year 2020.

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