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AMAC DEMANDS REMOVAL OF HEALTH LAW ‘SNEAK ATTACK’ PROVISION AIMED AT SENIORS

BOHEMIA, NY, Dec 29 – The Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC] is calling on Democrats and Republicans in Congress to remove several “sneak attack provisions in the health care reform law”

 The first allows the government to influence end-of-life decisions made by seniors, AMAC president Dan Weber explains, noting that The New York Times reported Sunday that the law authorizes Medicare regulators to begin reimbursing physicians for end-of-life counseling starting January 1st.

 “This is an incentive for conducting deathbed counseling,” says Weber. “The reform law initially contained a specific provision for this type of counseling but it was taken out when lawmakers concluded it could lead to the establishment of government run ‘death panels’ as a means of reducing the cost of life-support care for seniors with chronic conditions.”

 As Fox News put it; “Most health costs come at the end of life, and convincing more seniors to pull their own plugs in advance would represent huge savings.”

 Meanwhile, Section 3007 of the law exacerbates the incentive, he notes, because it will pay physicians more money when they lower the cost of care.  “Thus, doctors who receive Medicare payments stand to gain financially if their patients die sooner. This is a disgraceful provision that goes against common sense and could rob patients of life saving treatments,” Weber warns.

 He describes these provisions as “insidious elements of the law whose backers would keep them secret.  In fact, he points out, both Fox and the Times report that overt efforts have been made to discourage public discussion of the new regulation for fear of provoking opposition. 

 Weber says that “AMAC will be in the forefront of the opposition.  We are outraged at the sneaky way the procedure was resurrected by supporters in Congress and we demand that this and all other regulatory ‘back doors’ be shut.  Our aim is to create a bi-partisan bloc committed to protecting the rights of all senior citizens.”

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G. Freiberg
10 months 24 days ago

It’s amazing! I went on the AARP website to as about end of life counseling and they were all for this bill. Thank goodness for Amac. it has given seniors a real representation with our current administration. It is so hard to know who to trust today. Amac is a real friend to Seniors.

Bigdog007
4 years 10 months ago
Everyone needs to read this. Pass it on to everyone you know before the election. Here are some HHS regulations unpublished as of yet for Obama Care. I think they are waiting until after the election to publish them. A neurosurgeon found these regulations disturbing as many of his patients are over 70 years old. He attended a meeting in DC where these regulations were presented to the Congress of Neurosurgeons and American Association of Neurosurgeons. Neurosurgery is the one of the most expensive health care practices and has the smallest number of practioners. From HHS: If you are over 70 (on government health care) and you go to the emergency room with a bleeding brain (stroke, aneurysm) you are not given treatment you are only given comfort care (so they will only make you comfortable so you die). These elderly patients will not be called patients but UNITS. There… Read more »
Steve O
4 years 10 months ago

And what kind of care will seniors get who are denied a private policy due to a preexisting condition or a rate that is too high to afford with their voucher? I am listening?

Steve O
4 years 9 months ago
And yet another extermist and biased opinion from someone who claims who is an insider with an ulterior motive. They run a TV ad every day from a HUGE practice in Jacksonville, FL that SPECIALIZES in taking Medicare patients. They have no worries about Obamacare and flaunt their confidence on TV every day. Driving prices down will increase competition which is a good thing. The cost cutting is helping me in my neighborhood. I just had an ear problem. The doctor I called wanted a $375 new patient fee and then a minimum charge of $250 to consult on top of that and then it would only cover a wax removal and inspection of the ear. The local walk-in clinic only wanted $59 total for a wax removal or $70 to treat in ear infection. I don’t think we will miss the greedy doctors that that competition by a walk-in… Read more »
Joe W
4 years 9 months ago
BigDog007, nice effort here. I share your frustration in trying to get thru to the drones, who simply repeat whatever deception comes out of Obamanation’s mouth. Doctor’s are leaving their practices. Doctor’s are refusing to see more Medicare patients, simply because the government is cutting payments to facilities and providers to the point where they can no longer function in the black. What good is it to have a “policy” under Obamacare in spite of a preexisting condition, when either you can’t find anyone to see you, or when you do see a doctor the government simply refuses to give you meaningful life-saving care, but resorts to “comfort” care and end-of-life counseling? This Steve O knucklehead will go to his grave spewing propaganda from the left, rather than looking at ALL the available information and figuring out for himself what the TRUTH is. He is a LOST CAUSE, and I… Read more »
Steve O
4 years 10 months ago
Here is ONE of the sources of my so-called “fantasy” “Researchers from Harvard Medical School say the lack of coverage can be tied to about 45,000 deaths a year in the United States — a toll that is greater than the number of people who die each year from kidney disease. “If you extend coverage, you can save lives,” said Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, a professor of medicine at Harvard who is one of the study’s authors. The research is being published in the December issue of the American Journal of Public Health and was posted online Thursday. The Harvard study found that people without health insurance had a 40 percent higher risk of death than those with private health insurance — as a result of being unable to obtain necessary medical care. The risk appears to have increased since 1993, when a similar study found the risk of death was… Read more »
Steve O
4 years 10 months ago
It is an outright lie to say that the government has a kill order for over age 70 stroke victims. Things would be no different than for a person with no insurance that showed up. If they are worried about that situation then let them buy a supplemental insurance policy. There are plenty available through AARP. The sad reality of the insurance world is that there has to be a limit. If you have a private insurance policy through an employer it will have a cap on payouts. If a person has a bad case of cancer and their limit is used up then they would be hard pressed to find any additional experimental treatments. And the commonly accepted statistic determined by several independent research fondations is that 50,000 Americans a year die through lack of access to proper medical treatments. These are non-partisan facts. To you I say as… Read more »
Bigdog007
4 years 10 months ago

It is not a stretch to say that Medicare will kill people over 70. Those are the regulations being written for Obama kill the old and sick Care. The government will decide who lives and dies. And I have given you a source for where the infor came from.

And where is the source that tens of thousands of young people die every year from lack of health insurance?

Some of the people who do not have insurance do not want to buy it because they are healthy and others choose to spend money on other things instead of buying health insurance.

Broad accusations with no source….dont let facts get in the way of your fantasy.

Steve O
4 years 10 months ago
Yes there are insurance policies for people on Medicare. They are called supplemental policies and they cover things that Medicare will not pay for. They are available through AARP and they are with private insurance companies. I don’t know how they treat preexisting conditions though. AARP just ran the TV ad tonight. My point is that Amac needs to face the music if it wants to support a change from Medicare to private insurance policies with a so called voucher payment. For sure the insurance companies are going to be concerned about people with preexisting conditions when they write the policies and set the rates. So how will it be fair to cancel the Obamcare preexisting condition laws for people under age 65 but yet demand them for people over age 65? Or is Amac and its rabid conservatives just going to admit that only rich seniors or healthy seniors… Read more »
Bigdog007
4 years 10 months ago

Most elderly people are forced into Medicare without an analysis of preexisting conditions or a premium payment analysis. You cannot get Social Security if you are not on Medicare. So if you want Social Secuirty you have to be on Medicare.

Elderly people over 65 (I thinik that is the age when people are forced into Medicare) are forced to take Medicare which is forced govt health care.

Are there insurance companies that give health insurance to people over the age when Medicare kicks in? I dont think so but I am not sure.

So if you are are over 70 years of age and have a stroke you will be given treatment to die instead of treatment to live.

L. Smikrud
4 years 10 months ago
Abortion; should only be performed to save the life of the mother, or in the case of rape, should the mother desire. Right to Die; I should have the right to decide if I want the doctor to “pull the plug” as long as that decision is made in advance of my being terminally ill, or as a result of an accident placing me in a vegitative state. I have had a wife and a brother die of cancer and both would have liked to have that right, I believe. Health Care; our system needs some serious work; however, it is better than any other system in the world. Unfortunately, the cost of health care for serious illness and surgery has made it prohibitive. Something needs to be done about it. I don’t have the answer(s). I am a veteran, a Christian, a retired worker, a member of the American… Read more »
Betty
5 years 8 months ago

I am trying to find out if you have life Insurance?

Teri Graves
5 years 8 months ago

I’m glad that seniors have an organization that stands with them, and who supports INDIVIDUAL responsibility and rights, as well as smaller government. I’m glad that AMAC will fight with Americans to ABOLISH OBAMACARE!!

Doc
4 years 9 months ago

Yes, AMAC is representing seniors as they should be represented. AARP gave up it representation in order to obtain further wealth at our expense. Look at their support for Oabamacare, they are making millions from the insurance industry, plus other slight of hand endeavors!!!!

Nowell Wood
5 years 8 months ago

These tactics should not surprise anyone. When Congress has to vote for a bill in the middle of the night you should know they are up to no good. The Dems and Reps that voted for this bill in this manner have our founding fathers rolling in their graves.

Joe W
4 years 9 months ago
Everyone in this country who votes without seeking out ALL information and learning the truth behind the actions in Washington also have all of those who have died fighting for our freedom rolling in their graves as well. They died fighting against all-powerful governments who took more and more freedoms away from their people until there was nothing left to take. Evil works at night, as Nowell suggests here. Evil runs from cover so nobody will see what they are scheming. Like rats they run, all the while trying to convince the people that they should give up more of their rights, their money, and their freedom to choose light bulbs and health care. How did American’s become so gullable? By clinging to American Idol, sports and welfare payments, rather than caring about what those in power were up to. It’s time to wake up, America! Stand up to those… Read more »
Carol Friendly
5 years 8 months ago

There are also back door provisions to fund abortion with taxpayer dollars. The so-called executive order to prevent this is not even worth the paper it is printed on. Also, we should defund Planned Parenthood, because they are the biggest abortion provider in the world, causing a genocide of more than 52 million babies – only 7 to 8 percent of which is due to the compromised health of the mother, rape or incest. It must be stopped!!!!

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