ARRP: Obamacare Saved North Dakota Seniors $2.7 Million In 2010

The AARP sent out this press release today claiming that Obamacare has resulted in big “savings” on prescription drugs for the state’s seniors:

BISMARCK, N.D. – AARP North Dakota Senior State Director Janis Cheney today issued the following statement in response to new data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that shows the impact of key prescription drug affordability provisions in the Affordable Care Act – the new health care law. Specifically, the report found that 10,898 North Dakotans received $250 rebate checks after falling into the Medicare Part D coverage gap, or “doughnut hole,” in 2010. Together they saved $2,724,500 on their prescription drugs. Nationwide, more than 3.7 million people received rebate checks saving them nearly $94 million.

This didn’t quite pass the smell test. Savings? What are they talking about. So I did some quick math.

The alleged $2.7 million in “savings” divided by the 10,898 North Dakota recipients equals…$250. The AARP is calling the checks from the government “savings” for the seniors.

One-time checks. They’re calling it savings. That’s not savings. That’s wealth redistribution.

The folks at AARP must really think we’re stupid. But then, it can’t be easy trying to put lipstick on the Obamacare pig.

Rob Port

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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