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Sen. Toomey Works To Provide Relief For Middle Class Families Facing High Medical Bills

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Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) today is working 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. Under the president's health care law, that threshold was increased to 10 percent of their income. Many individuals facing serious medical conditions and high costs are subject to this penalty now and starting in 2017 seniors will be subject to the 10 percent hurdle.

Sen. Toomey's amendment to the budget resolution would roll back the 10 percent threshold to 7.5 percent.

"It's surprising that the president and the Democrats chose to raise taxes on middle-class families with high medical bills including those providing long-term care for a dependent," said Sen. Toomey. "My amendment to the budget would fix this portion of the president's health law that disproportionally hits lower income people and will be troublesome for seniors."

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