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HHS Secretary: Obamacare Saved Seniors $23 Billion

MSNBC’s "Morning Joe"

By    |   Wednesday, 14 Dec 2016 07:08 PM

Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell defended President Barack Obama's signature healthcare act, during an Wednesday appearance on MSNBC’s "Morning Joe" on Wednesday.

When asked the "before and after" about Obamacare, Burwell defended the act on two counts:

"The before and after in terms of the help to those people, 150 million Americans get their insurance through their job, that's most people," Burwell said. "For all those people, the benefits, and they don't know it's the affordable care act, if you lose your job, and want to switch, pre-existing conditions . . . can't keep you out.

"The second thing is: out-of-pocket or annual limits? I have met the woman who delayed her chemotherapy because she had come to her annual limit, or I met the 15-year-old kid, if your child has a condition at 15 year[s] old they could've hit their lifetime limit. No more. And out-of-pocket limits, for everybody, in terms of how much you could spend in a year up to 26 is another benefit.

"For those in medicare, many people don't realize those in medicare benefited, and how they benefited is there's something called the doughnut hole, which had to do with drug prices – 11 million seniors have saved $23 billion. You can do the math. That's on average over $2,000. So the affordable care act wasn't just about the marketplace, which has helped get 20 million insured. It was about everybody's insurance and improving the quality as well."

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters Republicans will not be able to repeal Obamacare once they take control of Congress and the White House.

"They're not going to repeal it," Pelosi said Tuesday in her Capitol Hill office, according to The Huffington Post. "I don't think they're going to repeal the Affordable Care Act."

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