Obama administration highlights seniors' benefits on health law's anniversary

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Republicans, for their part, argue the health law hastens Medicare's insolvency by removing $500 billion from the program to pay for what they call an unsustainable new entitlement.

"Without the healthcare law, more than 5.1 million seniors would have faced $3.2 billion in higher drug costs," HSS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said as she unveiled the new figures at a St. Louis community college. "As we move forward, seniors will save even more as the new law completely eliminates the Medicare doughnut hole, delivering more relief to Americans."