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Obamacare ‘Surprise’ Threatens Access to Medicare Advantage Coverage, AMAC Charges

The ability of millions of older Americans on Medicare to purchase supplemental Medicare Advantage insurance is compromised –

 BOHEMIA, NY, Nov 2 – “Millions of seniors on Medicare could lose access to their cherished Medicare Advantage if President Obama gets a chance to fully implement his ObamaCare program,” according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.

Weber said that the Affordable Care Act strips Medicare of $713 billion in funding in order to cover the “enormous cost of ObamaCare’s ‘all things to all people’ approach to healthcare.  As a result, the ability of millions of older Americans on Medicare to purchase supplemental Medicare Advantage insurance is compromised.”

The impact will be felt in every state, he said in a report Weber issued today: “Our industry sources tell us that these cuts will adversely affect the older population in two ways. First, most people with Medicare Advantage plans will begin to see higher out of pocket payments, premium increases, and a reduction in benefits, costing $46 per month or more on average. This is scheduled to start in 2013.

“Even more dangerous is the possibility that some Medicare providers will stop treating Medicare patients entirely because of the loss of income from these cuts. According to the 2012 Medicare Trustees report, the payment cuts will cause an estimated 15% of Medicare providers to operate in the red,” he said.

Weber continued, “The real effect of the total $716 billion being cut from Medicare will be felt in places like Ohio, where both the older population and the Hospitals and doctors will bear the brunt of the changes”

He noted that more than $21 billion dollars will be diverted from Medicare to pay for Obamacare in Ohio alone, from 2013 to 2022.  State Auditor Dave Yost called the impact on that state “eye popping.  Ohio seniors clearly love Medicare Advantage,” Yost said.  “An awful lot of folks are going to lose that choice.”

It will be the same across the country, Weber added.  Beginning next year, unless Obamacare is changed, it appears those on Medicare and Medicare Advantage will be in for tough times.

“It is extremely unfair to take money away from senior citizens, many of whom are on fixed incomes, in order to pay for the rest of the Affordable Care Act,” he concluded.

 

NOTE TO EDITORS: Dan Weber is 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

The Association of Mature American Citizens [http://www.amac.us] is a vibrant, vital and conservative alternative to those traditional organizations, such as AARP, that dominate the choices for mature Americans who want a say in the future of the nation.  Where those other organizations may boast of their power to set the agendas for their memberships, AMAC takes its marching orders from its members.  We act and speak on their behalf, protecting their interests, and offering a conservative insight on how to best solve the problems they face today.

 

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54 Comments on "Obamacare ‘Surprise’ Threatens Access to Medicare Advantage Coverage, AMAC Charges"

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Sally Isenberg
3 years 10 months ago

Obama always has something up his sleeve. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Dems cheat to win the election. Obama is so desperate to win, he will do anything. It’s too bad so many people are blind to what he is doing to this country. If he wins, be prepared to give up most of your earnings to the redistribution plan. Don’t be surprised if we have to call each other “comrade.” Vote for Romney/Ryan.

Lynda Wylie
3 years 10 months ago
I especially like Kay from PA comments. Obama is truly the “great deceiver”. His agenda for America is to replace the individual’s ability to earn a livihood with that of receiving government handouts. His plan is to have two classes – the government-employed-haves and the rest of the people on government welfare programs. Obama care is his first step. The elimination of our 2nd Amendment (right to bear arms) will be his next biggie if he is elected. He has already put together a plan that will be effective January 2013, which circumvents our Constitution by creating a world-treaty with other nations to ban gun ownership. Hillary Clinton has already negotiated this plan, which will be submitted for law in 2013. Obama wants a “world-government” with himself at the helm. Just look at the way he and Michelle have been conducting themselves for the past 4 years. Living a lavish… Read more »
JOHN P.SLOAN,JR.
3 years 10 months ago

WHILE OBAMA AND TEAM TELL YOU ABOUT THE GOOD PARTS, THEY KEEP THE REST SECRET.YOU WOULD NEED TO READ ALL 2700 PAGES WITH A LAWERS HELP TO GET IT ALL. SOME CRITICAL HIGHLIGHTS ARETHE 15 MEMBER COUNCIL THAT WILL DETERMINE WHO GETS WHICH TREATMENT AND/ OR MEDICATION. READING AND INTERPRETING THE REQUIREMENTS FOR SMALL BUSINESS REQUIRES AN ATTOURNY TO HELP INTERPRET. THERE ARE MANY STORIES OF SMALL BUSINESSES THAT HAVE ALREADY SHUT DOWN OR DRSATICALLY REDUCED EMPLOYEES DUE TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF OBAMA CARE.THERE ARE ALSO HIDDEN TAXES IN THE BILL. IF FULLY IMPLEMENTED, IT WILL PUT THE PRIVATE SECTOR OUT OF BUSINESS THUS LEADING TO THE GOVT TAKEOVER OF THE HEALTH SYSTEM. THIS IS WHAT OBAMA WANTS!

Concerned Compassionate
3 years 10 months ago

You must not be aware that SHOUTING in a blog post is rude.

Tom Sowell
3 years 9 months ago

Maybe you have to shout when people are so deaf, dumb and blind . How has Obama
helped businesses and jobs to grow in the private sector , how has he helped Medicare
and how has he brought down the hugh National Debt ?

Answer on all three : he hasn’t

David Squiers
3 years 10 months ago

I loved my Medicare advantage plan. But next year the deductible for specialists went up to $40 per visit, imaging tests went up from $50 to $200 as did ambulance service. Cost of program also rose $10 per month. Many of
the free wellness programs also disappeared. The number of companies offering advantage programs in our area are way down. I was told the Obama care medicare cuts were directed primarily at medicare advantage plans. I expect these plans to be totally gone soon. Then what?

PaulE
3 years 10 months ago

Then we get to enjoy the wonderful benefits of socialized medicine. Long wait times to see a doctor, higher out of pocket costs across the board, doctors who now have to provide treatment based on the IPAD committee’s recommendations, etc., etc, etc. In short, as Obama once said “Maybe you should get a pain pill instead of that expensive medical treatment”. He was very up-front with his intentions to model our medical care industry on that which exists in England and throughout much of southern Europe. When you say “Then what?” ,just look at the mess they have over there. That is what he wants to bring here.

judith m olson
3 years 10 months ago
rick: i also watch krauthammer and agree with most things he says….especially about his thoughts on socialism and what will happen if another 4 years is afforded to obama. it is up to ohio, but moreso, it is up to everyone of us to do our jobs and vote obama out on tuesday…after reading about so much corruption happening with the voting, especially the write in ballots, i will be very surprised if ohio, florida or virginia or many other states will not end up being audited on the voting results. i wish that romney had been louder on benghazi and the deaths of our 4 american heroes, but he elected to let the media cover it, and since most media is controlled by liberals, of course, the coverage has been limited to fox news…i think it would have strengthened his platform in many areas of the country.
3 years 10 months ago
Comment placed by D. Zimmerman – If public would read “The Amateur” and see the movie 2016 Obamas america, they would learn the real truth of his negative desire for USA to decline and disappear. People are so hipnotized by his false smile and “charm”, the do not see him in the real world. His plan is to totally socialize america, to nationalize all businesses and become the world dictator. He has absolutely no business experience, nor diplomatic skills even after 4 years. Mitt Romney has over 25 years business experience and considerable foreign relations experience from working with Dain Capital in dealing with local companies with branches in foreign countries, where he had to work with world leaders. He has been a good family man with 43 years married to Ann. He chose an excellent running mate in Paul Ryan, one with much business experience and us house budget… Read more »
Anthony
3 years 10 months ago

Pollution, war and prosperity! Go Mitty!

PaulE
3 years 10 months ago

Cronyism, political slush funds for Democratic campaign donors, billions wasted on “green energy”, lies upon lies upon lies. That’s what Obama has provided and what a second term will bring more of.

Ryszard
3 years 10 months ago

The decrease in preimum rates has nothing to do with healthcare reform. A stagnant economy and no increase in SS payments the last few years has forced many seniors to simply not fill their prescriptions. Less scripts filled equals less in preimums. Giving that boondogle Obamacare the credit for reducing preimums is inacurate and foolish.

Stan
3 years 10 months ago

Dereliction of duty, cover up, obstruction of justice! Go, Mr. President, and take Anthony with you!

Stan
3 years 10 months ago

Failed economic policies, Libya cover up, lack of moral compass! You’re gone, Mr. President!

Stan
3 years 10 months ago

Failed economic policies, Libya dereliction of duty and obstruction of justice, lack of moral compass! You’ve got to go, Mr. President!

Anthony
3 years 10 months ago

Pollution, war and prosperity! Go Mitty old boy.

gbl606
3 years 10 months ago
Why do you believe all the lies the dems spout, if you just look beyond them you will realize we are just fodder and slaves for their Elitist dream. We work while they become the 1%. In Orwell”s word; “some of us pigs are just more equal than others” and I’m afraid we are not the ones that are equal. They love us so much they voted that they are not subject to Obamacare, they allowed our ambassador to die through the lack of response to his requests for more security while our Commander-in-Chief attended a PARTY with movie stars for money. They have sold our souls for the price of their dreams of being the crafters of society. Sound like NAZI Germany to me, but I don’t suppose you see it do you? The black man at one time was sold against his will, now he walks freely of… Read more »
Tom Sowell
3 years 9 months ago

Couldn’t be said better . Yes – the Democratic elites in this Country will become the
new 1% . Leftist/ Marxists who believe in more and more control of your life – less freedom,
and more power and money for them .

Cannot believe the American people are so fooled they voted for this leftist TWICE .
Do they not love and support their Country and their Constitution ? Millions of Americans
have given their lives to support their freedoms .

Stan
3 years 10 months ago

Failed green energy companies, appeasement, and poverty for all! Go Mr. President!

Anna Brown
3 years 10 months ago
Obama is a dictator. If re-elected, it will be by fraud and he will do away with Congress. Whatever he wants will be passed by executive order. We condemn foreign governments, and yet our long term elected officials are the most corrupt in the world. We NEED term limits. Our government needs a major overhaul. Lifetime retirement benefits are way out of proportion. In the real world, an employee is not fullly vested for 5 years. A President should not receive full salary retirement for any longer than 8 years. Supreme Court judges and Congress also need to be redefined. Cabinet members and Directors of different departments should also have a salary reduction. This is only the tip of the iceberg, it goes much deeper under water. Disappointing so much of the information about Obama care was in the news sooner. Many of the comments I read were most informative.… Read more »
Glenn Shannon
3 years 10 months ago

No Stan but it is getting damn close and the bill is getting higher in leaps and bounds every year.

Jerry Bleeg
3 years 10 months ago

Two days before the election that decides if we live free or sufer comun/social disease. Maybe the young people out of college and out of a job will see the folly of wealth redistibution. As a WWII Combat Marine, I want to get back to individual responsibility. I’ll contribute to the poor and unfortunate, but not on the governments terms of buying votes. Our colleges and Universities are poisioning the minds of the students. They look to government to help them. The only thing that the enemy respects is military force and we are turning our militrary to a bunch of wimps without weapons. Yes, the armed forces waste money needlessly, but they are keeping us free.The price of freedom is not free. I can and would pay more taxes, if I knew the government would cut back on spending. .

Ray Twitty
3 years 10 months ago

God bless you, Sir, and your serving in the “Greatest Generation”. Is there any hope to convince Anthony that he is dreadfully mistaken in his ignorant opinion? Well, on the bright side: He can only cancel one of our votes :)

Rick
3 years 10 months ago

Charles Krauthamer commented this election is the referendum on whether we void the contract formed by the American Revolution for liberty or equality. And if it is the later, we will all be equally poor. That’s what socialism is all about. God Ohio, I pray you do the right thing. You are the key.

Ray Twitty
3 years 10 months ago

Perhaps not Rick,

There are very astute poll watching pundits who say that it may well be Romney in a landslide. Do not give up hope.

Ben
3 years 10 months ago

I got the notice from my Insurance Co.last week.Medicare Advantage is no longer available for me.Obama took out over 700 billion dollars for obamacare so medicare advantage is no longer available in Florida.Think before you pull the lever for Obama.He is the biggest liar ever to be elected.Be warned!!!!!!!!!!!!

D. Zimmerman
3 years 10 months ago

I just spent 15 minutes writing a comment and posting it. Well it happened again. My comments were not posted. This is frustrating!!

D. Zimmerman
3 years 10 months ago
My wife and I early voted last week in Canton, Mississippi for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. I pray that all people will get out and vote for Mitt Romney. I just signed up for my first Medicare Advantage Program that began on 10/1/12. It is called the Windsor Medicare Advantage Program. I studied all of the programs and this was the best one for me. God help us if Obama gets re-elected. He says he is a Christian but his actions and words do not show it, so he can’t be a true Christian. He is not pro-life(all abortions are ok with him) and he boldly supports same sex marriages which is against God’s definition of a marriage between a man and a woman. He snubs the Israel Prime Minister who requested a meeting with him in New York during the United Nations Meeting, But he had time to… Read more »
Hal H
3 years 10 months ago

I have been telling others for months about this mess obamacare is going to visit on us….and its all coming true and all most had to do was download and read parts of that bill…its all there in print and more….Americans are very uninformed as a electorate they need to get off their lazy butts and find out what is going on….then defeat this cancer called obama and send him back to kenya or indonesia or wherever this monster is from. or go and elect him and look forward to your first end of life counseling to find out how long you have to live since your TOO old for some procedures…..

Walt
3 years 10 months ago

Just Vote…and do what is right for Freedom to Reign for the Generations that will follow!!

TLC
3 years 10 months ago

Another little surprise of Obama care requires all persons to have mandatory “End of life counseling” every 5 years once they reach the age of 65. This and the reallocation of the $713 billion from the Medicare program proves that the seniors will bear the brunt of the costs of this socialist plan!! Barack Hussein Obama must be defeated on election day, and we seniors must be the ones to do it!

Nancy Carpenter
3 years 10 months ago

We lost our Medicare Advantage Ins. over a year ago because of Obamacare. The only Medicare Advantage Ins program offered in Madera County, Ca. is an HMO which we declined. We Signed up for a medicare Supplement program offered by AMAC and its not cheap, but within our budget. We pay for our own prescriptions and that is fine even though some are expensive.

ginny
3 years 10 months ago

Yes, but………One of my prescriptions is $1500.00 a month, no way I can pay for that. Plus about 10 others.

I’m sure there are others out there like me.

No faith in government
3 years 10 months ago

Do all of you know who the “DEMENTORS” are in the Harry Potter movies?

The DEMENTORS are evil beings who, when they attack an individual, they literally SUCK OUT THE SPIRIT AND SOUL FROM THE VICTIMS.

This is who and what Obama is: HE HAS LITERALLY DEMORALIZED OUR US, AND SUCKED THE LIFEBLOOD AND SPIRIT FROM US…..ALL WITH THE INTENT TO DESTROY THIS COUNTRY AND UPROOT ITS FOUNDATIONS.

He has known, since DAY ONE, what he has wanted to do and he has gotten pretty darn close to it…four more years will finish the job.
OBAMA IS LITERALLY …..THE GREAT DEMENTOR

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