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AMAC: Obama’s Medicare Advantage Cuts ‘Bad Medicine’ For Seniors

Dan Weber The Association of Mature American Citizens AMAC‘Something must be done to reduce federal spending for such programs as Medicare, but there are other ways of doing it’ –

 BOHEMIA, NY, Feb 22 – “President Obama is sticking it to seniors yet again by cutting Medicare Advantage funding,” according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.

It was announced last week that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services [CMS] will publish new rules for Medicare Advantage programs on April 1.  Subsidies will be slashed and access will be severely restricted, according to insurance industry analysts.

“AMAC has been actively lobbying for legislative relief ever since we first began reporting the President’s intentions regarding Medicare Advantage last year.  Mr. Obama deceptively avoided any discussion of the program cuts prior to the election and the mainstream media obliged him by not bringing up the subject,” Weber said.

The president had another thing going for him, the complexity of the Medicare Advantage program, itself, he added.  “MA coverage and costs vary from locality to locality across the country, and so the impact of the cuts will also vary.

He urged AMAC members to call their Medicare Advantage providers and ask them how, in fact, their coverage will be affected should the cuts be implemented.  In fact, we’d like to hear from members who make the call to find out what these companies are telling them.  They can email us at [email protected].”

Weber noted that the cuts are not a done deal until CMS publishes its new rules and said there is still time to set things right.  The CMS has the ability to bend the rules if enough pressure is exerted by interested parties, including lawmakers and health industry groups—especially considering the fact that the Advantage cuts will be chaotic and disruptive, he explained.  “We may not get a permanent fix, but perhaps we can get a temporary reprieve during which time a longer-term compromise may be possible.”

But he lamented the fact that AMAC may be the only senior citizen advocate making its voice heard on Capitol Hill regarding this issue.  “Perhaps it is because there is general agreement that Medicare spending is growing at too fast a pace.”

Weber acknowledged that something must be done to reduce federal spending for such programs as Medicare, but said that there are other ways of doing it, such as gradually increasing the eligibility age for Medicare.

“However, in this instance the billions that will be cut from the Advantage program is far from a spending reduction.  The money will be used for new, costly entitlements such as buying smart phones for the needy.”

He noted that the health insurance industry echoes the frustration of the nation’s seniors over the imminent Medicare Advantage cuts.  For example, Karen Ignani, president and CEO of the industry trade group, AHIP, was quick to issue a statement after the funding reductions were announced.

She said: “The proposed changes to Medicare Advantage payments are a crushing blow to the 14 million seniors and people with disabilities who count on this critically important part of Medicare.  The combined effect of the ACA cuts and new proposed payment changes will likely result in seniors facing higher out-of-pocket costs, reduced benefits, and fewer health care choices.”

 

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

 

ABOUT AMAC

The Association of Mature American Citizens [http://www.amac.us] is a vibrant, vital and conservative alternative to those 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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Theresa C. Maynard
7 years ago

I feel the same way most of you do. However did anyone see Rand Paul and the filibuster and note the help of Rubio, Cruz, I am sorry I don’t remember the names of the other Senators. It was a small stand but it was a stand and I was very proud. We need to write these senators and let them know we are behind them. Ryan is also a stand up guy. People do not listen they excerpts on CNN and think thats the story. We need to watch the whole broadcast and listen to it. That is the… Read more »

Leslie
7 years ago

Let’s start by getting rid of the illegals taking advantage of our health care and unemployment benefits. they should get in with the laws that we have established for citizenship. All welfare programs must provide jobs, cleaning the streets, cleaning the parks and waterways, or no pay. Women having children and collecting all kinds of benefits must have limits imposed on them. We will provide for two children, but after that the benefits get cut. BUT MOST IMPORTANT, all federal employees, congressmen and senators included, should be part of the Social Security program and Medicare. If they want additional pension… Read more »

Paul V. Cygan
7 years ago

Don’t you guys get it,after busting my butt for 40 years I stopped paying in &started to take out. The system needs payers not players.

Robert Poole
7 years ago

I have a golf buddy that voted for this guy and still thinks he is a great president. I told him to get his head out of the sand and his — and see what is going. I cannot beleive how many people do not see what is happening to this country. We will be 3rd world quite fast at this rate. Have to hammer the house to not fund any portion of obmacare. They control the purse strings. Lets let them have it full force, get mad and keep hammering at them. I do every day. I have the… Read more »

Sue Ellen
7 years ago

The most unfortunate circumstance of all is that we have four more years of this tyrant OBAMA only because a majority of the American people did not exercise there right to vote him out of office. Obama was re-elected by fewer votes then McCain LOST with in the previous presidential election. We are victims of the malaise of the American people thinking that their one vote doesn’t count. Well, the DEMON-ocrats made sure that they got their voter base – whatever their reasoning might be ie freebee’s, handouts, government paying for everything, who knows what?, Those folks they made sure… Read more »

judith m olson
7 years ago

why is it that the recipients of medicare are those on the “obama chopping block”? what of those on welfare? there are more on welfare today, than ever in the past….and yet, things are not taken from them, such as cellphones, tvs, food, medical, eye glasses, healthcare for their children, dental, housing, sometimes even cars….and for the most part, i would venture a guess that they dont even vote, for him or anyone else, in most elections….people getting medicare have contributed to the system all their working lives with the expectation of having something to fall back on, when they… Read more »

Richard
7 years ago

Medicare and medicaid, should be completely abolished… How many millions more people have to die at the hands of incompetent medical people and institutions ??? And, look at the food we’re being fed !!! Any fool who thinks we are better off with the food we’re exposed to and the medical establishment we have is in need of Real Food for their brain to begin working!!! At age 84 I have long ago caught onto the ways of a wicked generation and started thinking for myself !!! I do not go to doctors and I avoid all of the Garbage… Read more »

Angela M. Rosati
7 years ago

You are all angry and I agree with you. One of you said “we” voted for obama. (lower case deliberate). I disagree. When I heard he was a community organizer, I said I wouldn’t vote for a communist. The few seniors that I know, didn’t vote for him. The young, foolish, idealistic, and people who don’t want to be called racists voted for him. He’s bent on destroying America. We must stop him! He must be thwarted and impeached. Impeachment goes for dopey Joe Biden and the succeeding one. I live in Rhode Island and our rep & Cong are… Read more »

Lynn Burkhart
7 years ago

We can only rely on our elected officials who, unfortunately, are almost all corrupt to change things around. Actually though, one cannot help but admire the effectiveness of the covert deviousness with which a Nation of 300 million are being subdued and controlled by means of the government. Not too much admiration because anyone who has read the rise and fall of the third reich can see where much of the deviousness is copied from. Hitler had one of the governments main buildings burned down then blames it on others. There are many other examples. Lets face it, the bottom… Read more »

Charlotte Andersen
7 years ago

We have wet blankets for senators and congressmen and I would like to know why they give into the Antichrist running this country all the time instead backing him down and work for the people that put them in office to do what they know is right.

Al H
7 years ago

Elections matter! No better example of consequences than this write up. People don’t believe there are elected officials around who will do bad things because that’s their core objective. Boo hoo! Crying about it isn’t the answer. Electing candidates that believe in the American, not European,way is the answer. Too bad, but it means using your brain instead of your emotions, and paying attention all year, not just shortly before election day. We may have one more chance to right the wrong that is this administration,and I’m not talking 2016 . The 2014 Congressional elections represent our last Custer -like… Read more »

Richard Hand
7 years ago

Everyone needs to face it. The govenment makes NO cuts and particularly with this socialist at the helm. Taking money from one place and then spending it on something else..is NOT a cut. We currently have very few politicians ACTUALLY representing the American citizen in Washington at this time. The democrats spend to buy votes and fantten up their contributors and the republicans run scared that doing the correct thing will cost them their jobs. The losers in the long run (which is about to crash and burn) will be all of us American citizens . I sincerely don’t think… Read more »

davidfinton
7 years ago

i pray that the new gop,(rubio,ryan,griffin and company),fight with us and lead this GOD given country back to greatness,obama and company are totally destroying what millons fought and died for,our FREEDOM,thank you david finton

Gary Ross
7 years ago

Why did Obama get away with stealing $716 BILLION from Medicare in the first place? Medicare and Social Security are special taxes for special purposes, and they should not be raided, given away, borrowed, or borrowed against. Return all money ever taken from these programs, with interest and penalties, and the programs will repair themselves. At the same time, make these federal employees do their jobs by eliminating fraud. Furthermore, there should be no talk of reform. That is just a soft and deceiptful politicians word for “Breech of Contract” by our own government.

Barbara
7 years ago

This article does not specify exactly what the cuts are. Any details?

Ken Eaton
7 years ago

There is plenty of money going into the pot to cover all expenses. Ways to cut: 1] Cut all payments for “illegals” and cut paperwork for all 2] Severly punish all cheats 3] Charge no more for prescription drugs than in other countries [this will be tough as the graft to politicians is out of control and they get theirs for free; but will keep Americans from paying as much as 10 times more 4] Make lawyers pay all costs for false claims 5] Make ever effort, as the no. 1 priority, to have Obama produce “LEGAL”” papers for proof… Read more »

blackhawk
7 years ago

MY_MY_MY. What did all you fools expect when you voted for this fraud ? Did you think just big business was the only ones screwed ? Obama now , as if he didn’t before , has his evil eye s on senior citizens . Your s/s/ check is now an entittlement ;NOT an insurance policy you paid for all these years.
I’m old and will be in the grave but you saps that voted for him are screwed and it will continue more and more. GOOD LUCK.

Steve Crane
7 years ago

The first time I looked into Medicare Advantage for my father I could clearly see that it provided the only way our government could manage medicare claims. Medicare administrators must have been buried in claims so they needed to outsource that process and do it without embarrassing themselves. I believe the insurance industry stepped in offering an “Advantage” to people so they would move off of Medicare and back onto private insurance companies plans. Government pays a management fee and funds claims that are processed for them. When everyone that is on Advantage moves back to Medicare they will be… Read more »

Dwain Hensley
7 years ago

I have just joined AMAC and am totally enraged that there seems to be no control by anyone on the ruthless attacks on the well being of this nation and its older citizens by our self appointed Emperor has no one in any branch of government the ability or desire to control this farce of a leader? the AARP is in step with all of the wasteful schemes of the day,

Mary Jinnette
7 years ago

I am in great health for a 72 years of age almost 73 by April 9 th. I am a farm girl and tuffer than an old rubber boot. i do have some minor medical that has been controled by med’s. I am scared to death of what that Antichrist is doing to AMERICA. All of my ancesters have life to be in their late 90’s. I am on medicare AND my husband was retired military, so therefore I have Tricare for life. Which has been paying 100% of my medical needs. What is in the furture for me. Since… Read more »

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