U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) tonight expressed disappointment with the Senate's rejection of his amendment to the budget resolution to make health care more affordable for people facing particularly high medical bills.
Before the president's health law went into effect, consumers could deduct the cost of medical expenses that exceeded 7.5 percent of their income. The president's health care law increases that threshold to 10 percent. Many individuals facing serious medical conditions are subject to this penalty now. Seniors will be subject to the 10 percent hurdle starting in 2017.
Sen. Toomey's amendment would have rolled back the 10 percent threshold to 7.5 percent. The Senate voted it down 45 to 54.
"Imagine a woman slips and falls at home and is seriously injured. She runs up big medical costs which she must pay out of pocket. Then, on top of her personal and physical misery, Obamacare hits her with a double whammy by reducing the amount of medical expenses she's allowed to deduct. I am deeply disappointed that the Senate voted down this commonsense relief. I will continue to work to ease this unnecessary and regrettable financial burden on Pennsylvania's middle-income families and seniors," said Sen. Toomey.