Chairman Crowley Meets with Seniors in Woodside to Discuss How Republicans’ Repeal of Health Care Law will Have a Devastating Impact on Seniors

January 19, 2017

(Queens, N.Y.) – On Wednesday, January 18, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Chairman of the Democratic Caucus, visited the Woodside Senior Center, a Samaritan Village program at the Woodside Houses, to discuss how Republicans’ drive to repeal the Affordable Care Act would have devastating consequences for millions of Americans, including seniors, who have benefited from key improvements made to Medicare.

“Repealing the Affordable Care Act will not just hurt the millions of Americans who found coverage they couldn’t get before, but it will also negatively impact the countless individuals who saw improvements made to their existing health care coverage – and that includes our seniors here in New York,” said Rep. Crowley. “Republicans in Congress are wasting no time in working to take away important protections made to Medicare at a time when we should be focusing on strengthening it, not undermining it. Having the opportunity to meet with our seniors and to hear their personal stories will help me make clear to Republicans that real lives are at stake and that our health care is more important than the political games they want to play.”

Under the Affordable Care Act, the 55 million seniors and people with disabilities enrolled in the Medicare program currently receive free preventive services, such as cancer screenings and wellness visits. In addition, Medicare beneficiaries in the ‘donut hole’ have saved more than $23.5 billion on their prescription drugs.

Congressman Crowley is the ten-term representative from the 14th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He serves as Chairman of the Democratic Caucus and is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee in the House of Representatives.