Health Inc.

Of Doughnut Holes And Prescription Drug Coverage

We know it's a sillly gimmick, but we couldn't resist.

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House Democrats say, get 'em before they're gone. Democratic Leadership Staff hide caption

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House Democrats say, get 'em before they're gone.

Democratic Leadership Staff

House Democratic staffers today offered reporters on Capitol Hill some "GOP-created donut holes" that looked suspiciously like Dunkin Donuts Munchkins.

Why? "To signify the eating away of the Republican created Rx Drug Donut Hole," according to the Democratic Leadership Staff press release.

Need an English translation? The administration is sending out $250 checks today to seniors who, thanks to GOP prescription drug legislation passed a few years ago, have a gap in their prescription drug coverage — a doughnut hole.

The new health law passed in March calls for that gap to be closed completely by 2020.

Republicans say the gap was necessary to prevent the 2003 prescription drug program from costing too much.

Our colleague, Bart Jansen of Gannett Newspapers, who was on the scene when the treats arrived, reports that the chocolate holes went first.

UPDATE: Senate Republicans couldn't resist an official response. They sent Hill reporters a round of their own boxes of doughnut holes, but included a few rules poking fun at Democrats.

The highlights:

  • "If you take a donut hole you must notify 9 of your colleagues that they will not be eligible to have a donut hole this morning.
  • "This time it's on us, but next time you'll have to find 3 colleagues to pay for your donut hole before you can enjoy one.
  • "If you’re from Vermont, please enjoy….just kidding, don’t even look at these donut holes. And if you had one yesterday please put it back in the box. Thanks."





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