Despite increasingly low Healthcare.gov expectations set by the administration — from 'it'll work' to 'it'll work better than last month' — President Obama seems confident enough in the site to relaunch his health care PR blitz. On Tuesday, the Obama administration is touting how the Affordable Care Act is saving seniors money on prescription drug costs, and next week will hold a youth summit geared towards 18- to 35-year-olds. Meanwhile, Obama has been going back to his campaign roots by getting stories in local papers.
On Tuesday morning, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released new data that shows that, under Obamacare, 7.3 million seniors and individuals with disabilities have saved a total of $8.9 billion on Medicare Part D prescription coverage after reaching the "donut hole" gap in coverage, according to Mike Allen at Politico. That works out to a savings of about $866 per person, better than $677 last year. And this is a good time for the administration to start pushing the law's benefits to seniors — as we noted on Monday, the Independent Payment Advisory Board is set to recommend cost cutting recommendations for Medicare soon, which has seniors and politicians worried.