Fidelity Investments, the gigantic Wall Street mutual fund company, says it will cost a retired couple $20,000 more to buy their medicines if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the Affordable Care Act.
Driven by extremist partisan politics, the Republicans have been working hard to impoverish seniors with crushing medical costs. Will the Court go along? Will the Justices take away the Medicare prescription drug discounts, free preventive care and other savings that allow seniors to take all the medicines they need to stay healthy while making ends meet? There are 48 million Americans counting on Medicare. Will the Republicans and Chief Justice John Roberts pull the rug out from under them?
It's not just seniors who will be hurt. Millions of Americans with private insurance are already benefiting from the consumer protections in Obamacare, and many more will take effect in 2014. But the Republicans don't care. That should probably be the name of their health care plan -- "Don't Care" -- because they've been obsessed with repealing Obamacare without ever offering a serious proposal for a replacement health program. They're treating this like a political game, without bothering to consider the people affected.
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