Trying to shore up support for his administration’s healthcare reform, President Obama is set to address the nation’s senior citizens and answer their questions about healthcare reform this morning as the first Medicare Part D “Doughnut Hole” checks are about to go out. Many senior citizens view the healthcare reform with combinations of skepticism and hostility, especially considering the cuts to the popular Medicare Advantage program which is enjoyed by many seniors.
However, it is expected that President Obama will be trumpeting features of the healthcare reform like the Medicare Part D “Doughnut Hole” checks, the first of which will be mailed on Thursday. The $250 checks are the first step in the Obama administration’s plan to close the infamous “doughnut hole” in Medicare Part D’s prescription drug coverage.
President Obama will be addressing seniors in a “tele-townhall” format from a senior center in Wheaton, Maryland starting at 11:40 a.m. Eastern Time. The broadcast will be available on both C-SPAN and via the Internet at WhiteHouse.gov.
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