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AMAC Warns: Politicizing Medicine – The Unhealthy Side of Obamacare

It’s ‘a preview of the politicizing of medicine that Obamacare would spawn.’  –

BOHEMIA, NY, May 4 – Jeffrey Anderson exposes “Obama’s Senior Swindle” in an article in the Weekly Standard that is also posted on the Web site of the Association of Mature American Citizens.  “It’s a must read,” says Dan Weber, AMAC president.  “It shows you the unhealthy side of Obamacare.”

Weber says Anderson reveals in his editorial that “the president is surreptitiously spending a whopping $8.5 billion of your money to cover up the fact that millions of senior citizens will lose their Medicare Advantage plans if Obamacare is not repealed.  He needs seniors to help him win reelection, so he can’t afford to let them find out the ugly truth lest they cast their ballots against him in November.”

Weber, who calls the Anderson article “an exemplary example of good investigative reporting,” said that it will “take measures to ensure that all Americans on Medicare and those who will soon be on Medicare understand what Barack Obama has in store for them if he wins a second term.  That’s why we posted the story on our Web site and will publish it in our next newsletter.”

The AMAC chief points out that the association has been “sounding the alarm” about Obamacare ever since Nancy Pelosi told the country that they wouldn’t find out what was in the law until after it was passed.  “Now comes Jeff Anderson, revealing one of the dirtiest little secrets contained in the 2,700 page manifesto that the president’s spin doctors like to call the Affordable Care Act.”

Here’s how Anderson summed up Obama’s scheme: “Anticipating a senior revolt, the administration took action. It ran millions of dollars’ worth of taxpayer-funded TV ads featuring Andy Griffith saying things like, ‘That new health care law sure sounds good for all of us on Medicare!’ It mailed out full-color, taxpayer-funded propaganda brochures singing the same tune. It repeatedly claimed (and continues to claim) that money taken out of Medicare to fund Obamacare would—magically—also stay in Medicare and be used to extend its solvency.

“But the administration didn’t stop there. Instead, it launched an $8.35 billion ‘demonstration project’ to postpone the vast majority of Obamacare’s Medicare Advantage cuts until after what Obama likes to call his ‘last election’.  In truth, this isn’t really a demonstration project at all. It’s something closer to the opposite: an attempt to keep Obamacare’s effects from being demonstrated until it’s too late for voters to respond.”

He concludes that: “The Senior Swindle provides a further reminder of the unseemliness of Obamacare, a preview of the politicizing of medicine that Obamacare would spawn, and an example of the unprincipled side of our politics. But mostly it offers a testament to the Founders’ wisdom in making our government leaders accountable to the people. The American people have now been living under the looming specter of Obamacare for more than two years. In the fall, they will finally get to issue their verdict on its architect. The bet here is that $8.35 billion in unscrupulously—and perhaps illegally—allocated diversionary funds won’t be enough to keep the citizenry from voting Obama out of office in November and insisting on the repeal of Obamacare in January. In fact, it might serve as a catalyst.”

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE:

Obama’s Secret Swindle

from The Weekly Standard – Jeffrey H. Anderson

The most politically brazen feature of Obamacare has always been its looting of Medicare. About half of Obamacare’s costs are to be covered with money taken from an already nearly bankrupt program for seniors. And the most politically perilous aspect of this ploy is Obamacare’s cuts in Medicare Advantage funding, which would cause many seniors to lose their preferred health plans. Under the implementation schedule stipulated in Obamacare, many seniors would either lose their plans, or learn that they are going to lose them, before the election that will likely decide Obamacare’s—and Obama’s—fate.

Anticipating a senior revolt, the administration took action. It ran millions of dollars’ worth of taxpayer-funded TV ads featuring Andy Griffith saying things like, “That new health care law sure sounds good for all of us on Medicare!” It mailed out full-color, taxpayer-funded propaganda brochures singing the same tune. It repeatedly claimed (and continues to claim) that money taken out of Medicare to fund Obamacare would—magically—also stay in Medicare and be used to extend its solvency.

But the administration didn’t stop there. Instead, it launched an $8.35 billion “demonstration project” to postpone the vast majority of Obamacare’s Medicare Advantage cuts until after what Obama likes to call his “last election.” In truth, this isn’t really a demonstration project at all. It’s something closer to the opposite: an attempt to keep Obamacare’s effects from being demonstrated until it’s too late for voters to respond.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has identified this “demonstration project” as a sham. The GAO highlights the project’s myriad “design shortcomings,” including its excessive focus on 2012, its awarding “most” of its “quality bonuses” to average-performing plans, and its lack of a control group. The GAO, not known for its bluntness, concludes that the secretary of health and human services (HHS) “should cancel” the project and perhaps, sometime in the future, consider “conducting an appropriately designed demonstration.” The GAO also notes that the demonstration “does not .  .  . conform to the principles of budget neutrality.” The administration is running up the national debt by another $8.35 billion in order to boost Obama’s reelection prospects.

So how much is $8.35 billion, anyway? It’s more than 40 times the $197 million that Obama had raised for his reelection bid as of April 1. It’s more than 90 times the amount that he and Mitt Romney are each eligible to receive in general election matching funds. In health care terms, it’s more than the combined annual profits of the nation’s two largest and most profitable health insurance companies. In other words, $8.35 billion is real money—real taxpayer money.

Moreover, it’s real money that’s quite possibly being spent illegally. After all, a president isn’t generally thought to possess the power to reallocate Americans’ resources to shore up his political vulnerabilities. In defense of its actions, the administration is relying on a 1967 law that says the HHS secretary can spend money without specific congressional approval on “experiments” aimed at improving the execution of current law. Obama’s $8.35 billion allocation, however, isn’t aimed at improving the execution of current law. It’s aimed at delaying the execution of current law and thereby masking the effects of that law until after Obama’s reelection bid. The only “experiment” the administration is conducting is whether it can pull the wool over seniors’ eyes until the election is over.

Even for a president who has appointed numerous “czars” to circumvent the confirmation process, issued “recess” appointments when the Senate wasn’t in recess, and declared that it would be “unprecedented” for the Supreme Court to strike down a federal law, such a move is eye-opening. It raises the question: Have other presidents similarly exploited this law to promote their own self–interest? The GAO responds that of the 85 other Medicare demonstration projects conducted in the 17 years since 1995, none has cost even one-seventh as much as Obama’s. In fact, according to the GAO, Obama’s $8.35 billion gambit will cost more than all 85 other Medicare demonstration projects combined.

As Ben Sasse, HHS’s assistant secretary for planning and evaluation until early 2009 and now the president of Midland University, says, “If a presidential administration can simply make up the authority to make law and give itself the power of the purse to implement its new law—which not only isn’t designed to make existing law work but is actually against the purpose of existing law—why do we need a Congress?” Sasse adds, “In scope and intention, this is something completely new, and if it’s allowed to establish precedent, the only limit on what future administrations could spend money on, or how much they could unilaterally spend, would be their own electoral calculations about what they could get away with.”

Obama’s calculation appears to be that he can get away with a lot. But that may be wrong. Obamacare would be unpopular enough if it were simply a 2,700-page affront to Americans’ liberty and their country’s fiscal solvency. However, the overhaul’s reputation has been further sullied by the Cornhusker Kickback, the Louisiana Purchase, Gator Aid, and the rest of the shady backroom deals the Democrats struck to secure its passage. By now initiating the Senior Swindle, Obama risks tarnishing Obama-care’s reputation even further.

Given the president’s mindset—his singular desire to impose Obamacare coupled with his frequent disregard for legal forms—he presumably felt he had no choice. Seniors wouldn’t just sit quietly while their Medicare Advantage plans went away. You can’t siphon $204 billion (the amount projected by the Congressional Budget Office) out of a popular program in just eight years’ time (and far more in the years to follow), spend it on your unpopular health care overhaul, and have no one notice.

Roughly 12 million seniors have chosen to carry Medicare Advantage. Most like it and want to keep it. They surely don’t want the funding for their plan cut by an average of $17,000 per senior over the rest of this decade, as would happen under Obamacare. They similarly don’t want to see the Medicare chief actuary’s prediction come true: that by 2017, enrollment in Medicare Advantage will decrease by half from what it would have been without Obamacare.

But it’s not just Medicare Advantage beneficiaries who have cause for concern. Under Obamacare, other Medicare enrollees would struggle to find doctors, as (according to the Medicare chief actuary) Medicare reimbursement rates would drop below even Medicaid reimbursement rates by the end of this decade. Also by the end of the decade, the CBO suggests, Obamacare will cause 5 million people to lose their employer-sponsored insurance—almost certainly a lowball estimate. Joel Ario, Obama’s initial head of the Office of Health Insurance Exchanges, said that if Obama-care’s “exchanges work pretty well, then the employer can say, ‘This is a great thing. I can now dump my people into the exchange, and it would be good for them, good for me.’ ” This doesn’t quite have the same reassuring ring as, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” But it does have the benefit of sounding true.

The Senior Swindle provides a further reminder of the unseemliness of Obamacare, a preview of the politicizing of medicine that Obamacare would spawn, and an example of the unprincipled side of our politics. But mostly it offers a testament to the Founders’ wisdom in making our government leaders accountable to the people. The American people have now been living under the looming specter of Obamacare for more than two years. In the fall, they will finally get to issue their verdict on its architect. The bet here is that $8.35 billion in unscrupulously—and perhaps illegally—allocated diversionary funds won’t be enough to keep the citizenry from voting Obama out of office in November and insisting on the repeal of Obamacare in January. In fact, it might serve as a catalyst.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Dan Weber and Jeffrey Anderson are available for telephone interviews on this issue.  Please contact John Grimaldi at 917-846-8485 or jpgrimaldi@verizon.net to set up a chat.

ABOUT AMAC

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As awful as all this is, when the state controls your body they control everything about you. Can’t you hear Nancy Pelosi saying “Hey old timer want that knee replaced? How about a little donation to the DNC?” Or better yet, Obama saying “How bad do you want your child to have that chemotherapy? The Muslim Brotherhood ($1.5 billion) and the Palestinians ($195 million) have already spent your taxpayer funded support checks on weapons and could use a little more of your help help. How about a nice donation for them”. As important as this healthcare business is, it will all mean nothing if we don’t wake up and see what this MUSLIM TRAITOR is doing to us and our friends the Israeli’s. You tell me why he is surrounding the Israeli’s with our taxpayer aid to their murderous neighbors. All the while they are gutting and debasing our military… Read more »

With God’s help we can rid ourselves of this weasel in chief come this November! There is no end to his lies!

When will the AMAC go after the AARP group

An option that is available to seniors [instead of Medicare Advantage plans]is to go back to the original medicare plan and then purchase a supplemental plan [:F” is the preferred one as it pays both part A and B deductables as well as any Part B “excess” charges] in effect giving one the ability to see any Dr they wish-caution a PDP [prescription drug plan] must be purchased also to provide drug coverage. The supplemental plans are not allowed to be purchased with the MA plans.

And, just what kind of health insurance will seniors have when the rabid conservatives get their whiny way and overturn the preexisting condition laws and then “privatize” medicare? At some point in life we will ALL eventually have a pre-existing condition. That is unless we die in perfect health.

when will you stupid liberals learn that it is impossible to live in your utopian world!!!! it would be great for every little thing to be taken care of by the government or someone but it just doesn’t work that way. the government’s pocket book is to limited. our tax money was never meant to cover so many expences. JFK said it best, ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for our country, so many of us are only interested in what’s in it for us and really not thinking about the USA. our country is spending it self bankrupt. personnally, it seems that it just doesn’t matter to too many people!!!! grow up and realize there is much more to our country than just your selfishness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Walter M. Reckinger III

It is the rabid people like SO who just don’t get it. Their freedom of choice, freedom of religion, and freedom to not have the government make all health decisions for them that is at stake. The “rabid conservatives” are attempting to protect ALL citizen’s rights. Plenty of alternatives to Obama Care have been and continue to be offered. Funny. It’s the liberals in congress, the whitehouse, and appointed positions that a quashing the alternatives that will NOT take away our rights. Wake up you rabid Obama lovers. Stop drinking the Kool Aid that the administration is serving!

I am well aware of the issues with medicare. Because I live in what has been called a “medically underserved” state, it became obvious to me several years ago that paying into medicare was a waste of my money. Doctors here cannot afford to take new patients who are on medicare. Many I have talked to say they will retire or switch careers I Obama’s unaffordable healthcare law gets implemented. Right now Administration is giving special benefits to a few in hopes to create stories that will convince us we’ll all be better off. I hope the public will wake up to this fraud while there is still time.

It still absolutely amazes me that there are citizens of this country, born and raised here, and who’s family was born and raised here, who do NOT see “politicizing medicine” as an OBVIOUS bad idea! Anyone who thinks it is acceptable for government to get involved in our health is flat out stupid. Void of intelligence. Morons.

Evelyn and Emery Kovach

We have Medicare Advantage and are devastated to hear this news.
What can we do other than NOT vote for Obama this November?
We did not vote for him the first time. People need to wake up, even seniors
whom I know, that will vote for him this time around.

Welcome to socialism.

Great article! Informative and full of the kind of information all of America needs to make our decision in November…..and make Obama a one term president.

I didn’t get the mail out. I am a registered. Republican.

This will *not* be reported in the major media! It is up to AMAC, and to each of its members, to broadcast this story far and wide. If we fail to do this, we will be complicit in the lie being told by the administration. Begin by sending a link to this story to all your friends, even those who may not agree with you politically. Second, send a copy to your congressional representatives. Ask them to initiate actions to hold hearings on this scam. Stay on them until they do. Third, speak out boldly when you hear someone saying something contrary to these facts. Lastly, get involved in your local political process so that you can help elect responsible government officials. Remember the old saying, “If it’s to be, it’s up to me!”

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