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AMAC: Obamacare vs The Preservation of Medicare

Obamacare has already begun gutting the system and threatening the future of Medicare –

BOHEMIA, NY, Aug 17 – “An unprecedented amount of distraction and distortion in this year’s mean-spirited presidential campaign is bound to have left seniors shaking their heads, wondering who’s telling the truth about the future of Medicare,” said Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.

He told reporters in a statement issued today that it comes down to a simple choice: “Obamacare, which has already begun gutting the system and threatening its sustainability or the preservation of Medicare for older Americans and guaranteed access to it for future generations.”

The AMAC chief pointed out that Medicare, like Social Security, is not an entitlement program.  “We pay for it with our tax money and, therefore, we have a right to have a say in how that money is allocated.  Obamacare disregards this principle by slashing the funds allocated for Medicare by a whopping $716 billion over the next ten years.  He decided on his own to use that money to pay for all the other alleged benefits of his Obamacare debacle.”

There are many reasons polls show that majority of Americans don’t like the Affordable Care Act and among the top is that it threatens Medicare coverage, Weber explained.  He pointed out that “in addition to its book-keeping tricks that allows the government to rob Peter to pay Paul, the program forces doctors and medical institutions to accept less pay for service.  Many of them are likely to stop seeing Medicare patients because they can’t afford to.”

Weber said that the Romney-Ryan proposal for Medicare recognizes the fact that we need to protect the current standards of coverage for seniors for the rest of their lives.  “It also recognizes that in order to ensure access for younger Americans – those under 55 years of age – it will be necessary to adapt and supplement Medicare with a voucher program.  It’s a rational and realistic approach that continues to gain support.”

He acknowledged that Governor Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his choice for VP on the Republican ticket sparked a barrage of criticism.  But, he said, Ryan’s colleagues on both sides of the aisle have consistently praised his thoughtful approach to solving problems, including sticky problems such as the future of Medicare.

Even such a prominent Democrat as Erskine Bowles, former White House Chief of Staff under the Clinton Administration, found it difficult to find fault with Ryan.  He made these surprising remarks in a 2011 speech, a video tape of which can be viewed here.

“He is honest, he is straightforward, he is sincere. And the budget that he came forward with is just like Paul Ryan. It is a sensible, straightforward, honest, serious budget and it cut the budget deficit just like we did, by $4 trillion… The President came out with his own plan and the President, as you remember, came out with a budget, and I don’t think anybody took that budget very seriously.”

It is interesting to note that Bowles was also Co-chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform created by President Obama, himself.

 

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AZ Bob
3 years 8 months ago

You fail to explain Medicare vs Obamacare, I see comments people still believe Congress does not have to be in Obamacare, Congress does not have to pay SS on wages, Congress get 100% pay pension for serving one term. all SPIN and misinformation!!!
1. Who is affected by Obamacare is it everybody???
2. How about people who have there own Medical Insurance???
3. Are Unions going to give up there insurance plans for Obamacare.
4. Are all people on Medicare going to be switched to ObamaCare if not who are.
5. AMAC keeps sending me letters to de-fund Obamacare without explaining the above.
6. I love the notes AARP is just in it for money, I would just like to know what organization runs without money????

russell hannah
4 years 1 month ago

a lot of good thougts and ideas,but to me it can be said in one sentence,omba have lied before and since in office. does anyone really believe he will stop, no

David Bohlen
4 years 1 month ago

Maybe someone can explain just why the word “Dhimmitude” is on page 107 of the health care bill? Why hasn’t this been challenged before? This should have been addressed almost immediately after this atrocious bill came to light!!

Shastastan
4 years 1 month ago

The effects of Obamacare have already started. It has taken me 3 years just to find a primary care physician. Two that I had gave up their practices to become hospital physicians. This was due to Obamacare and also the insurance industry takeover of the health care system.

I have not read the Obamacare bill. I’m not sure that very many have and I wonder if the U.S. Supreme Court read the entire bill either. There are things in that bill that some have stated do not relate to health care such as a 3.8% tax on the gross sales price when you sell your house and possibly internment camps for civil unrest. Some have said the the government will have complete access to all of our financial accounts, including banks. It sounds pretty scary to me.

Alice Smith
4 years 1 month ago

So, you are all registered voters, right? My husband and I decided to receive the training to be registrars. We’ve registered about 50 folks since March, 2012. The first three were my own family. Please be sure you, your friends, family and neighbors are correctly registered. If you have had a name change or address change, that requires attention with the electoral commission in your county. October 9 is the cutoff for registering for the Nov. 6th election in Illinois. We can make a difference in this election if you get yourself and at least five others to the voting booth.

Joseph DeMello Jr.
4 years 1 month ago

That guy, Robert hit it on the head. Why doesn’t Congress and the Senate have the same health care as we do or why can’t we have the same plan as they have? Oh, don’t blame Obama, blame the idiots that put him in there and won’t get him out.

Charlotte
4 years 1 month ago

If Oboma gets reelected we might as well just forget about trying to see a Doctor. so lets just try and get Romney elected for President and see what he can do for us.

Judith M-AMAC MEMBER
4 years 1 month ago

YES, IS THERE A PAC. BLOWING OFF STEAM ISN’T GETTING THE JOB DONE?

Judith M-AMAC MEMBER
4 years 1 month ago
There is so much to be done to fix our Country. I don’t hear much from conservative groups, including AMAC about FIXING Soc Sec and Medicare. The corruption and inefficiency is horrendous. i.e. I just started drawing early SS benefits in 2010 while still working full time. Soc Sec screwed up after only paying out 6 months and I have been tryng, with the help of my Congressional Office, for 19 months to get it straightened out. This is NOT uncommon. As for Medicare. when they moved my 84 year old Aunt from Hospice back to the hospital to die, my Cousin caught the staff wheeling her to xray and lab for tests. She stopped them. How much more would they have charged Medicare. PLEASE DON’T LISTEN TO SOUND BITES AND MEDIA. Do the research. Let’s rescue our Country. I’m attending my first Tea Party meeting next week. I don’t… Read more »
Jacqueline Williams
4 years 1 month ago
I thoroughly concur with all the above comments and I can add more. But what’s the point? We all agree on these points. I am originally from the UK and I could relate horror stories. I can name names, dates, doctors and patients (in the UK under the same government run healthcare system.) The question remains, why is Obama/Biden neck and neck with Romney/Ryan? What are we doing about this. Everyone is preaching to the choir. Where are the ideas to put Romney/Ryan waaaaay ahead? We all know, in the long run, Obama is going to cheat. How do we stop a cheater? Let me make a last observation: How many of you have seen the movie ” The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” with Judi Dench and Maggie Smith”? Fabulous funny endearing movie about older citizens. Did you note one thing? Maggie Smith goes to India for ONE reason. She… Read more »
Jim G.
4 years 1 month ago

For those who are frusrated about what they can do to help elect the Romney/Ryan ticket but have no time to physically join a Tea Party event for example I suggest you donate to the campaign. Even as little as $5.00 adds up when hundreds of folks join in. If these two very trustworthy men are willing to fight the good fight on our behalf the least we can do is join the fight to get our country back.

Robert J. Giuda
4 years 1 month ago

Does AMAC have a Legislative Action Committe or PAC? If not, I would commit to working to establish one. Providing sound, truthful facts and information is critical to an informed electorate. But we can’t ignore the relevance of providing recommendations, if not outright financial support, for and/or against specific candidates based on their support of the principles upon which AMAC was founded.

Bob Giuda
Warren, NH

Joe C.
4 years 1 month ago

When Obamacare is implemented the 15 member non-elected committe will be controlling our healthcare. As a senior citizen I like my doctor making those decisions and.Medicare as we know it has already changed unless we change presidents.

Sher
4 years 1 month ago

When Obamacare is implemented? It is partially in place now. My case was referred to a “health care advisory board” I have an autoimmune disease and require infusions that are expensive I was approved for one year but had to miss one treatment and I’m not the only one of my age group that this has happened to this year. What’s it going to be like if Obama wins the election?

Joe Cloud
4 years 1 month ago
I do not understand why the people do not do a little homework and see for themselves what the differences are in these two plans. Ryan’s plan leaves Medicare exactly like it is for EVERYONE 55 or older. Everyone else gets to chose his plan just like most Federal workers do now. Obamacare is going to let 15 bureaucrats of the Obama administration’s choosing, determine whether we old folks get the help we desire. It is European style health care and I don’t want it. Ryan’s plan is pure and simple, and it even had bipartisan support when first drawn up. The only complaint I have is that Ryan’s plan takes too long to balance the books. I would like to see it completed sooner, but he has tried to ease the pain of too much austerity too fast. Ryan is a sympathetic, good will guy with a great head… Read more »
PaulE
4 years 1 month ago

Very well said! People need to stop listening to the lies and smears of the Obama attack ads and simply read the Ryan plan.

lindac
4 years 28 days ago
I am sorry PaulE but it goes both ways, I have never in my life read so many misinformed ideas. I am a registered nurse and I can tell you for a fact that most of you are way off base about Obamacare, it is not in place yet and will gradually step by step go into effect. Most of you do not know that most doctors prefer not to take medicare patients and this has ALWAYS been the case because of the low reimbursement. Sher I hate to tell you that what you are suggesting has also been in place for a long time and has nothing to do with Obamacare, Medicare as well as all private insurances have always said yea or nay on treatments, and the decision was based on whether the treatment in question was an appropriate treatment for the illness or condition that it was… Read more »
Connie M
4 years 1 month ago

Wake up people! Under Obamacare if you are on Medicare you will not be able to find a doctor. I work for a large group of physicians and still had trouble finding one to take me and my Medicare. This will only get worse. My Ortho doc came from Canada to USA to practice medicine because of the mess there. He just recently had to bring his mother here from Canada to get her treated. She would have been waiting for 2-3 years before seeing a doc. This must be overturned!!!!!

PaulE
4 years 1 month ago

Waits for 3 to 6 months for many, many procedures, as well as simply accessing a doctor, are the norm in Canada. This is the utopian vision of medicine Obama wants to bring to the United States.

zoble morris
4 years 1 month ago

Right now it is our health care the government is taking over under Obama. If he is re-elected he will certainly make every effort to disarm the citizens of the United States. He claims he supports the Second Amendment, but his record clearly indicates otherwise. Remember, it was Adolph Hitler who said the first step in conquering a country is to disarm it’s people. Make no mistake about it, that is what Obama and his cronies plan to do if he is re-elected. An unarmed people are no longer citizens, they are subjects, at the mercy of the government, which will still have guns.

Les Siegel
4 years 1 month ago

One way to help fix Social Security is to put back the money Congres BOROWED for other programs and never payed back. Not only do we have to get rid of Obama, we must rid ourselves of the incompadent members of congress, or we will acomplish nothing.

Carol G. Brown
4 years 1 month ago

This is more of a question than a comment. Is there a place where the general public can actually read the obamacare (non capitalization intended) bill in common, understandable English instead of the lawyer talk that most Americans do not really understand?

Faye
4 years 1 month ago
Try the following books by Betsy McCaughey Decoding the Obama Health law: What you need to know Obama Health Law: What it says and how to overturn it I tried reading the actual law and it is almost impossible to understand. You can read what this author says and go back and refer to the sections of the law she references. She points out a lot but also it is eye opening to see what authority is given to the Health and Human Services Secretary who is not elected by the people. Dr Emanuel who is/was an advisor to President Obama re: health care gives chilling advice. If you are under 14 or over 40, you are moved to the bottom of the list if a transplant is needed. Under 14, not enough expense has been made on your education, if over 40, you don’t have that many more productive… Read more »
Carol G. Brown
4 years 1 month ago

This is more of a question than a comment. Is there somewhere a person can read the Obamacare bill that is understandable to ALL the people–not just the attorneys who drafted it with legal terms that most people of this nation do not really understand?

Thank you.

The Ol' Kaboy
4 years 1 month ago
The previous comments show an awareness of the dire situation. I saw a documentary this week (“SICK & SICKER”) regarding the disaster the Canadian system ( modeled after UK) has become. Wait…wait…& more wait…many times ’till it’s too late for any care! A CAT scan can take a year +…IF you can get a primary care physician to refer you to a specialist! There were 4.1 million Canucks waiting even for a primary, that’s required for referrals. Almost 700K up there are WAITING for just medical care! You can’t even use your own $ to “buy care”…however your can come down to the USA for treatment..@ least for now. However…if you are a pet you can get treated w/out the wait. If there’s a CAT SCAN (no pun intended) close, your DVM can use it…after hours…without the wait!! Hey, if reincarnation is real, comeback as a dog/cat & no waiting!!… Read more »
David Heim
4 years 1 month ago

This president has nothing but destroying this country from the inside on his mind, he doesn’t care about We The People.
He and all his Czars have to be voted out of office, before he turns this country into a communist socialist state. We are a Republic, not a Monarchy. Why do you think he came up with this Obamacare as it is called, what better way to destroy the nation than to start with their health care. This is why they didn’t want the bill read until after it became law.
I love this country and we owe our freedom to those who faught and died for it. We need to vote on someone who fears God and who will lead this country in the right direction.

God Bless America

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