Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) visited with seniors March 23 at the Lou Walker Senior Center on the one-year anniversary of President Obama signing the Affordable Care Act into law.
Johnson spoke with seniors about the future of Social Security and Medicare, and the status of Affordable Care Act at age one (1).
"Don't believe the hype ladies and gentlemen, the Affordable Health Care law is alive and well," said Johnson. "And while the bulk of the law's benefits take place in 2014, the law is already proving a benefit to seniors by cutting prescription drug costs, providing free annual wellness visits and strengthening the Medicare Trust Fund by 12 years."
Johnson also said the law provides new tools to crack down on Medicare fraud, helps seniors remain at home and stay out of nursing homes and provides nursing home residents more protections from abuse.
"By 2014 once the exchanges are established, insurance companies will no longer be able to discriminate against any consumers with pre-existing conditions and no one will face annual or lifetime caps on coverage," he said.
The future of Social Security and Medicare was also discussed. Johnson took several questions from the audience, who were concerned about the twin programs.
"America's seniors have worked hard under the assumption that Social Security and Medicare will be there for you -- and you deserve to have the system you paid into and were promised all those years. I am being very mindful of efforts, disguised as solutions, which will raise premiums, cut benefits, and limit your choices and I will fight them at every turn."
Photo above: Hank greets a constituent at the Lou Walker Senior Center on Wednesday, March 23 before speaking to seniors about the future of Social Security, Medicare and celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act.