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AMAC: Doctors Dumped From Rolls of Medicare Advantage Providers Due to Obamacare

dan-weberOne physician voted twice for Barack Obama, and now feels the President has betrayed him –

by John Grimaldi – WASHINGTON, DC, Dec 13 – Seniors have already begun receiving notices that Medicare Advantage programs are dropping their doctors from their lists of providers, according to Dan Weber, a noted advocate for the elderly.

“The doctors they trust are no longer available to them as a direct result of Obamacare, which is dipping into Medicare funding to the tune of $717 billion in order to provide things like contraceptives and abortion pills in new healthcare plans created to comply with the Affordable Care Act,” Weber, who is president of the Association of Mature American Citizens, explained.

Connecticut’s Fairfield and Hartford County Medical Associations quickly filed a lawsuit and won a temporary injunction to stop UnitedHealthcare from dropping doctors.  But, the insurer responded by saying it will continue to delist MDs from their rolls, claiming the injunction applies only to doctors who are members of the two associations.  UnitedHealthcare, one of the nation’s largest Medicare Advantage insurers, and other coverage providers are being pressured by Obamacare provisions to offer broad coverage to the uninsured with less money.

“Nationwide, support for the health care law is declining rapidly.  People are finding out that it was enacted by liberal elitists using subterfuge and disinformation.  Meanwhile, there are new revelations almost daily, such as the purging of available physicians, the denial of coverage for certain life-saving medications and much more.  Therefore, AMAC has renewed its efforts to overturn the law, notwithstanding the fact that other so-called advocacy groups continue to blindly promote it,” said AMAC chief Weber.

He noted, for example, that “AARP, which played a big role in Obamacare’s passage in the first place, is now out encouraging its members and others to sign up for it, no matter how flawed it is and no matter how it is designed to hurt the elderly.”

Weber cited the announcement by the California Endowment in October that it had partnered with AARP to encourage enrollment in that state.  He pointed out that In November, the association’s president Robert Romasco said in an interview on KDKA radio in Pittsburgh that ‘we determined which benefits every American family will need’ and then he offered to help people navigate the Obamacare Web site.

A recent article in the New York Daily News recounted how an 84 year old patient learned that she could no longer see her primary care doctor, whom she had been seeing for some two decades.  Her physician reacted this way: “He voted twice for Barack Obama, and now feels the President has betrayed him. He thought the government health-care program would bring him more patients, not snatch away those already under his care.”

 

NOTE TO EDITORS: Dan Weber is available for telephone interviews on this issue.  Editors and reporters may contact John Grimaldi by phone at 917-846-8485 or via email at [email protected] to set up a call.

 

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paul
7 years ago

Where is the Supreme Court in all this? Now that they have witnessed their mistake, can’t they
reverse their decision and take action to protect Americans. Talk about doing what is right for
“constitutional survival” … it is time for corrective action folks.

MJ Stan
7 years ago

As a medical professional, I am embarrassed by any healthcare worker who voted for obama, but it shows how a political sociopath can fool millions of intelligent people. USA is now on a slippery slope to socialized medicine. It is a historic tragedy that means the collapse of our representative republic!

Joseph
7 years ago

Obamacare is working perfectly for what it was designed to do, create chaos. Out of the chaos comes the perfect
scenario for a takeover by the leftists ( a scene right out of the communist manifesto)

HAM
7 years ago

Piper Jim: “Congress” did NOT write Obamacare (aka ACA – affordable my ass) the Democrats & only the Democrats did, behind closed doors with no input from the Republicans. OBAMA only allowed the Republicans in on one meeting and that was strictly for show so he could tell the Liberal up-his-ass media that he allowed them input. Obama & the Democrats OWN Obamacare 100%. Not one Republican voted for it. You must get your information from these Liberal media, ABC, CBS,NBC ,MSNBC, New York Times & all their affiliates not to mention Liberal Hollywood types who are sooooooo knowledgable. FOX news reported all along what was going on. The liberal media reported only what Obama wanted them to say and we all now know he is a liar. No surprise to Republican/Conservatives. We have been saying this all along but you Liberals called us crazy, paranoid, & racists. You obviously voted for him so you are now reaping the rewards of his lies.

blackhawk
7 years ago

Has anyone noticed that there is a mass of government (leaders) who are a complete waste of human skin ???

Jason S.
7 years ago

Piper Jim, I suppose that after reading your comments we’re supposed to believe that you have done a lot of original thinking. I’m suspicious that much of your thinking came from MSNBC or one of those other left wing news media. People who think like you scare me. In case you hadn’t noticed, congress has been weak and ineffective according to polls and people who care. Congress didn’t pass Obamacare (AFA) the Democrts did. Mr. Obama has taken advantage of the congressional weakness and is acting like a dictator without regard for the constitution or the effect his decisions are having on the people of the United States. While insurance coverage is provided by Insurance companies, Obamacare, per the AFA dictates what coverage must be included. If this governmental trend is not socialistic, then what is it?

Piper Jim
7 years ago

I’d like to remind all you whiney old folks that the President didn’t write the AFA, the Congress did. While he’s rightly criticzed for many of the comments he has made regarding the AFA, he’s not at the wheel of it’s imlementation. Coverage is provided by the insurance companies, not the government, so please park all this socialist rubbish, will you? These comments look like a cut-and-paste summation of Fox News and various other right-wing pundits. Not a whole lot or original thinking evident in most comments.

blackhawk
7 years ago
Reply to  Piper Jim

Emmmmm! I guess you watch FOX news for the truth ,Aye what ???

Ivan Berry
7 years ago
Reply to  Piper Jim

Congress did not.

jerry
7 years ago
Reply to  Piper Jim

piper, what’s in your pipe???? are you a sol olinsky fan? or is it marx? how can any intelligent person, not see that any bill that has to be passed to know what’s in it is a scam on the people?? i only hope that in 2014 the dems who are now running the other way get rejected and we get the senate!! then obama will really be a lame duck

Don M.
7 years ago
Reply to  Piper Jim

What are you talking about? To say that Obama was not at the wheel of ObamaCare implementation is Crazy. Congress (staffers) may have ‘written’ the bill but the whole thing was Obama’s idea. He talked about it before being elected. The kind of coverage may be provided by the insurance companies but is at the mandate of congress. ie the ObamaCare bill. That’s why coverage’s have changed and people are losing their policies. Because that policy was not mandated by congress.

By the way, the congress I’m talking about we’re democrats. They had 51 votes. So by one vote, in the middle of the night without waiting for Brown to take office, just before a recess, the bill passed. They should have been in recess but when Brown was sworn in the bill would not have passed. Way to go Harry Reid you slimeball you.

Why is it that every conservative is said to have taken their words from Fox? We know where yours comes from. All the mainstream media who would not voice the truth if it hit them in the face. So we have Fox vs. ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, PBS. Seems fair since we have truth on our side. Just keep on thinking the liberal BS you do. Ignorance is bliss. You must be one happy puppy.

One last thing. If ObamaCare must have a conservative alternative why not give out some kind of voucher for those who need insurance and don’t have the income to pay for it. Why the gazillion page crap they put out.

I’m still puzzled. Does the Constitution say anything about providing needs to the people of this country. No it does not.

PHIL
7 years ago
Reply to  Piper Jim

Piper Jim: A liberals liberal. You can always tell a liberal………but not much!

PHIL
7 years ago
Reply to  Piper Jim

Hey I like Fox news and that hot babe Megan thank you.

Duke
7 years ago
Reply to  Piper Jim

You are a typical liberal idiot. Don’t say Congress wrote it if you do not know what you are talking about. It was written by Obama and Senator Max Baucus, “A senior Democratic senator who served as a lead author of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law criticized the administration…”

It was done by the dumbocrats and now we are all going to have to pay for it.

James M. Gabriels CPO USN (Ret)
7 years ago
Reply to  Piper Jim

I suppose Obama’s failure to act in Benghazi isn’t his fault either!! Or the IRS debacle, or the NSA debacle, and the list goes on and on. He’s destroying America from within, as was his intention in the first place. The ACA is just another of his debacles designed to create chaos and discontent with the U.S. Certainly Pelosi, Shummer, Reid, Dem’s etc. helped write this piece of socialistic legislation however, leadership starts at the top! And there isn’t ANY! Obama couldn’t lead a horse to water! When Pelosi says “we need to pass this legislation so we can find out what’s in it” wouldn’t you think that would throw up a red flag! I’m amazed at a Dr. who say’s he voted from this leadership failure, twice! and then says he “was betrayed”!!! Maybe Mr. “Piper Jim” should get on the next flight to Iran……and stay there!

Jason S.
7 years ago

As I have read through the comments above it occurs to me that many of them could potentially create division among those who would like to see Obamacare eliminated. Many of the comments are criticisms of the individuals thinking rather than addressing the topic of the article “Doctors Dumped From Rolls of Medicare Advantage Providers Due to Obamacare” Division is what Mr. Obama wants.

I fear that many of those who accuse others of being “lazy” and/or “stupid” are expressing their emotions but fail to do their duty by being informed and helping others to get informed.

Our country has lots of problems and we all need to work together not only as conservatives and liberals or Republicans and Democrats but more importantly as Americans who believe in the unity and preservation of the United States of America.

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Robert Green
7 years ago
Reply to  Jason S.

I don’t know where you have been, but it has been the plan all along to eliminate a number of doctors from this plan. The affect it would have is just what they (Obama and cohorts) had planned all along to reduce necessary treatments and medications to the Senior population.

As for AARP; when was the last time anyone paid attention to what they were doing “in the name of their members”? They have been politcally motivated, alleging they represented their membership. Well, one time I was a member with them. I saw the handwriting over 20 years ago. I wrote them a nasty letter at the time because of their political standing on issues of the time, claiming they represented their membership. Well, they did not represent me then; and as a non-member senior citizen, not now either!

Politics and greed are their mainstay today as it was then. I would suggest that if anyone reading this who is still a member of AARP, get out of that organization and go to AMAC. As long as they are truly representing the elderly, I will stick with them. Considering the “death” (not health) panel that Obamacare (Oh! pardon me; Affordable Care Act; which is neither as far as seniors are concerned) whose job is to determine our life span under this program) we need all the help we can get to stop both the “death panel” and the ACA (Obamanation) in its tracks by all of us along with those who would eventually face this fate as well. We owe it to ourselves, to our families, and to our friends and the public in general. .

tom eans
7 years ago
Reply to  Jason S.

You have left this world. It is not possible to “work with” liberals and Democrats. They are hell bent on destroying America and getting reelected. They care about nothing else.

HAM
7 years ago

I have read a lot of complaints but see very few who state they are actually contacting their congressmen/women. This needs to be done on at least a weekly basis. You may say it does no good because the responses you get are based on party lines & not to the issues you specifically wrote them about.

It doesn’t matter what the response is because it is either a generic letter or written by a staff member. The point is to for everyone to BOMBARD them with letters, emails or phone calls about Obamacare, Medicare & the eventual elimination of the Advantage plans. A congressman has to receive an extremely large amount of correspondence from their constituents for an issue to be called to their attention. Then & only then do they begin to understand their jobs are at stake if they take no action to rectify the problem.

Although your comments here may help someone else understand the details, just complaining accomplishes nothing. Please, CONTACT your representatives regularly urging them to fight for the people. Remind them that they can be replaced. Those of you on ADVANTGE plans need to stress that Seniors will hold them accountable if they don’t fight to keep these plans. We need to remind them there are is a HUGE number of Senior Citizens who DO vote and WILL BE voting in the coming elections.

Those of you who are not retired yet may be before too many years so this is your fight also. Take advantage also of every opportunity to talk to people about what is happening on this country right now. You might be surprised at the numbers who are still ignorant & uninformed. They need to know that their healthcare plan may next to be cancelled. They may not know the huge scale on which it’s going to happen. Obama has DELAYED the EMPLOYER mandate until AFTER the 2014 elections just so these same people will remain ignorant & uninformed. It’s up to us to spread the word on top of contacting your representatives. Also remember Republicans/Consetvatives are fighting against a LIBERAL media so we need to do our part in this war.

Another point was made that the Republicans need solutions. If you have any ideas to replace Obamacare put them out here & let’s discuss them. AMAC might be able to use some of them to take to DC to add to what they are already promoting.

drtef
7 years ago
Reply to  HAM

Lets add health savings accounts as a fourth choice

PHIL
7 years ago
Reply to  HAM

I write, fax and email my representatives weekly. I also write, fax and email John Boehner and a few others. I’ve sent Dirty Harry Reid a few nasty notes as well. Haven’t written Obama because he doesn’t give a damn what any American citizen out here has to say anyway.

As for replacing Obama………he’s here till his term is up. We just have to deal with it. Forget about impeachment. Will not happen.

Sal Sanders
7 years ago

Heartily agree with Billy Richardson, above. Even surgeons can be political idiots. He was naive and stupid to vote for Obama and deserves to be excised from Obamanationcare. Voters deserve the candidate they voted for. But we all suffer. Notwithstanding that the Republican party is defamed by the media, educators, Hollywood, et al., the Party
must do a better job of educating low information voters than the left does in propogandizing them.

Glenn
7 years ago

The last paragraph or this article is absolute gibberish, Thy to do some proof reading.

Mary
7 years ago
Reply to  Glenn

Glenn- Proof read your comment, too–Read it again- does it make sense?

Kimi
7 years ago
Reply to  Mary

Relax Mary, it’s a joke.
One of the errors in that paragraph is the use of the quotation marks.
:-)

As to the issue: I find it hard to understand how an educated man, with a vested interest,
could have voted twice for the instigator of his career’s destruction. I’ve yet to talk to a
medical professional who agrees with the implementation of Obamacare.

I’m having a lot of difficultly finding a solution. The solution I keep coming back to,
is voting it down. However, my country’s political system has become broken
and I can only fault the administration that blatantly disregards the vote of the people
that it no longer seems to serve.

If my president seems to be a traitor, what do I do?
…Obviously, he can’t be impeached.

[Please don’t get any ideas that could get you hurt, in case you haven’t noticed
the efforts to dis-arm the public.]

Billy Richardson
7 years ago

If this guy was stupid enough to vote for Obama two times, he deserves what he gets. He had a big hand in geting Obamacare passed so I do not feel sorry for him. He has helped bring huge amounts of pain and grief to many, many people and to this once great republic. I have no pity for anyone who supports Obama.

J Gaines
7 years ago

Right on ! People need to get what they want ! I retired !

John Bires
7 years ago

The problem lies with the media. We should all avoid listening to or watching network news,
we could then only listen to local news. When the LOCAL news station slants or decides to
not include news that puts the administration in a bad light, we can complain to a local entity.
This is more powerful than trying to complain to the networks. Do not subscribe to a local
liberal papers. You can subscribe to the Wall Street Journal and get real news. Go to a library
and see what is in the WSJ. It is more expensive, but you get news not the fluff. When you
find out what is really happening in the world, you can make intelligent decisions. Of course
if you went to a government school, you might need to have someone read it to you.

Carolyn D.
7 years ago

Wake up! All doctors currently serving Medicare patients drop out of the system completely. With no doctors being
reimbursed by the gov’t, the few decent congressmen can then repeal Medicare. The doctors, of course, would have to cooperate by treating patients at the rate they would have been reimbursed by the gov’t and what seniors would have paid as co-pays, in a pay-for-service system. The gov’t would thereby be deprived of all the Medicare money it now collects since there would no longer be a Medicare program. Plus, by that time, at least some of the more intelligent younger citizens would have caught on to what was going on and what was planned for them as they got older.

I, for one, would be happy to pay my (today’s) Medicare premium directly to a doctor, or doctors’ group, and I know many more people who have said the same thing. This plan would be tough on doctors and hospitals for while, but, it would serve as a killer of Obamacare eventually. It will come as a shock to the vast majority of Americans, but, up until the 60’s most people had never even heard of health insurance. It was all pay-for-service…and the prices were a fraction of what they became once insurance companies took hold.

Next, we have to tackle the disgrace of unaffordable dental care in this country, PERIOD.

Does anyone agree with me?

BobH
7 years ago
Reply to  Carolyn D.

OF COURSE ALL THINKING PEOPLE AGREE WITH THE IDEA. One very important step is to vote EVERY Democrat office holder out of office, throughout the nation. Yep, that might “Shut Down the” Democrat Party as we know it.

Lincoln Sorensen
7 years ago

Well, maureen, if God is everywhere and all-seeing, prayer should not be a prerequisite to assistance with a problem, especially a problem which has persisted so long and affects so many. God also advocated helping oneself. That is exactly what it is going to take to get this country back on track. We can’t all be part of the huddled masses, someone is going to have to form a group of action.

PaulE
7 years ago

You make an excellent point Lincoln. God created mankind with a free will in order to allow us to make decisions for ourselves. Both good and bad ones, but they are our decisions to make if we want things to change. The solution is not to simply hunker down in fear somewhere waiting to be saved from ourselves.

Obama didn’t magically appear out of thin air and anoint himself President one day. He was elected to office, not once but twice, by an ignorant and gullible electorate too lazy and self-absorbed to bother to do something as simply as a 30 to 60 minute background check on how he was raised (socialist / communist), how he earned a living before politics (community organizer is an updated term for rabble rouser who shakes down local businesses to exact some money or other concessions from those businesses or people in exchange for agreeing to go away), how he voted in both the Illinois State Senate and then subsequently in the United States Senate (one of the most liberal voting records in both). So it wasn’t very hard, based on all that, to figure out what he meant by Hope and Change. He meant driving this country as far to the left as possible, by enacting as many tenants of socialism as he could ram through before the people knew what hit them or he fully succeeded in the “transformation of the United States”.

Nico
7 years ago

Hi Lincoln, God never says or advocates helping oneself, but quite the opposite, HE say deny yourself and help others. Don’t be self center but God/other centered.

Maureen
7 years ago

Years ago, my parish priest warned that, now that ending the lives of innocent babies is legal, it won’t be long before genecide will be accepted. I wondered how that could happen and foolishly dismissed his comment as impossible. Now, I am old and know that I may well be one of those he spoke of. I wish I had prayed harder.

Chuck
7 years ago
Reply to  Maureen

Of course you do – the slaughter of babies became acceptable to the masses, so anything goes now – EXCEPT for capital punishment, God forbid, how inhumane. Animal testing, how inhumane!! Death panels for Seniors and infants – hey, no problem mon, we need to make room for people with potential. Next? the autistic, the retarded, people with MS, etc….just like Germany in the 1930’s, and don’t forget the homosexuals and Gypsies, too. You voted for it, I did not, so vote it out now before it eats you and all of us.

KarenFaye
7 years ago

My cat just died. Maybe I’d better ask the Vet if he can treat us now.

Warren
7 years ago

The Soviet leaders brutally murdered millions of their citizens. Our leaders are much more civilized. They can accomplish the same thing by denying healthcare and weed out those who are drains on our society. Man’s inhumanity to man has no bounds.

Mary
7 years ago
Reply to  Warren

Warren, You have it exactly correct.

Lincoln Sorensen
7 years ago

Sara, I agree with you that this country is swirling around in a vortex of the porcelain bowl. You are correct, voting isn’t going to impact the present direction. I doubt the machines are rigged. No need to. There are a majority of idiots out there that will vote for anyone who promises to provide the “gimmees”. It is going to eventually come to a revolt en masse by those of us who are left with a sense of honor and work ethic. I have been advocating this for several decades, now. I, too am 72 years old and worked till I was 69. I did, however take early SS at 62 but continued working full time and paying into SS and having my SS reduced each year by $1.00 for every $3.00 that I earned. I was 65 1/2 before I could earn as much as I wanted to. Since I am a Viet Nam Navy vet I have medical through the VA hospitals and clinics. I still pay more than $100.00 per month out of my SS for Medicare. Medicare made no sense to me even before Obamacare. Medicare is for the retired. Retired people have some age on them, as do their teeth. There is no dental coverage in Medicare. Stupid. Teeth need attention the older one gets. Bad teeth can cause any number of other medical problems which can be expensive, not to mention the diminished quality of life caused by aching teeth that one can’t afford to fix on a fixed income that is well below paupers levels.Politicians have long been motivated by only what will generate the most votes for them, not what is best for the citizens. The money has to be removed from politics to remove corruption on both sides of the aisle. Ban lobbying and force the media to provide free air time and free printed space one month before elections which will remove the need to campaign and voter fatigus and leave the incumbents in their seats to do the jobs they were elected to do. Change the election day to saturday so the working men and women can get to the polls. In the interim, those of us who are retired and not tied down with a job need to band together nationwide and march on DC and demand the occupants leave so we can install a group with some common sense and honor.

yur frnd
7 years ago

No you can’t change anything by “revolting”. You can’t get enough support for a rebellion. You can storm a congressman’s or the Democrat Party’s headquarters and be sure you notify the news media beforehand. The bad publicity will hurt them and keep them from getting reelected. Most important is to just vote and help get out the vote. You can’t reason with the thieves. You can just vote them out. And they will read the polls before they listen to you directly. Seeing their popularity decline scares them to death and they will make a death bed conversion to conservative causes. We absolutely must do this to stop the destruction of America. Obama is a traitor. Biden is an idiot. Pelosi is just wild and Reid is a snake. Give them what they deserve.

E. Smith
7 years ago

There is no accounting for the stupidity of people as a group.

Carol Schultz
7 years ago
Reply to  E. Smith

AMEN TO THAT!!! They rather be watching football.

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