One of the first direct benefits of President Obama's affordable care act kicks in later this week.
It includes mailing $250 rebate checks to seniors who fall into the so-called "donut hole" gap for medicare prescription drug coverage.
Speaking at a senior center in suburban Maryland, Mr. Obama took questions from people in the audience and others listening by phone Tuesday. Listeners raised concerns about losing Medicare benefits and not seeing improvements quickly enough. The questions demonstrated skepticism and some fear from a group the White House is anxious to win over ahead of crucial midterm elections.
Obama said: "What you need to know is the guaranteed Medicare benefits you've earned will not change ... your guaranteed benefits will not change."
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