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AMAC: President Cut $716B from Medicare, Reducing Health Care Options for The Elderly

Higher death rates, fewer providers, higher premiums and co-payments –

BOHEMIA, NY, Oct 12 – “President Obama continues to weave his way through explanations of how he ‘saved,’ not ‘cut,’ $716 billion in Medicare funding,” according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.

Weber contended that the president’s mega-savings derive from significantly reduced reimbursements to health care providers.  “In other words, he slashed program funding for services, thus ensuring that fewer doctors and fewer medical institutions will be willing to accept Medicare patients in the near-term and long-term future.”

The Chief Actuary for Medicare, Richard Foster, has confirmed that there will be fewer health care options for older Americans going forward as a result of the president’s Medicare cuts.  In addition, he explained to Congress that those providers who continue to accept Medicare won’t have the time to do certain procedures.

Weber pointed out that when Medicare cut payments to hospitals in the past, it resulted in higher death rates.

“The National Bureau of Economic Research even quantified that morbid, little fact.  The NBER calculated that when the government cut $1,000 from what a hospital usually spent on an elderly heart-attack patient, the overall death rate for seniors with heart conditions went up as much as eight percent.”

The bottom line is that seniors will find themselves in ever more dire circumstances as ObamaCare continues to eat into the funding and the efficacy of Medicare.  “Death rates will go up, the elderly will find it harder to find health care services and they will face higher Medicare premiums and co-payments,” Weber explained.

So why would the president cut Medicare funding?  To pay for costly provisions of ObamaCare, the AMAC chief said.

“Bear in mind that Medicare is not an entitlement program.  We paid premiums all our working lives in order to have this health care insurance when we got older.  Now the president is diverting those premiums to help finance new, freebie entitlement programs.”

NOTE TO EDITORS: Dan Weber is available for telephone interviews on this issue.  Please contact John Grimaldi at 917-846-8485 or [email protected] 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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Patrick
8 years ago

What about people that aren’t 50 or older ? That are disabled and on Medicare . Do we not deserve an agency to assist us with affordable home health and life insurance ? Do we not deserve to be a part of an agency like this to help give us a voice ? I’m a mature disabled Medicare recipient ! I’m 43 about to be 44 and there are lots more out there like me . Why the age limit ? AARP’s is even higher . I didn’t ask for this it just happened forces beyond my control . Disability is terrible at any age and agencies shouldn’t be excluding me and others like me .
Now on to the subject at hand . Obama care is ruining this nation in more ways than this . There have been a number of business closings and layoffs and full time employees hours cut to 28 hours a week to avoid the insurance tax . I could see this coming but couldn’t get people to listen . Ruining health care along with our economy is all a part of his socialist plan . His legacy is going to be the first black president and the one that drove this country to depths it will never recover from ! He is an evil dictator that has so many fooled they can’t see the light for the sun shinning on their face . Wasn’t it him that was saying Romney was going to push Granny over the cliff paraphrased but the same meaning . He and Biden should be impeached others have been for a lot less than he is guilty of !

N.K.Stephan
8 years ago

Who was a big supporter of this? The esteemed AARP organization.

MS
8 years ago

Don’t understand the details as to why death rates went up in the past, as this article states, just because the gov’t. cut medicare payments to hospitals. Don’t they (doctors/hospitals) have a moral obligation to care for us, regardless of payment? If so, then the obvious answer to that question is we live if we can pay, right?

Stan
8 years ago
Reply to  MS

I don’t know if new physicians still take the Hippocratic Oath, but it would seem to me that doctors should feel some moral responsibility to care for those in need. Hospital administrators, however, are first and foremost bureaucrats whose main concern is the “bottom line.”

Wan
8 years ago
Reply to  MS

The point is. Doctors don’t just put medicare payments into their pocket. they have nurses and staff to pay, supplies to order, taxes to pay, license fees, office rent, property and malpractice insurance, medical waste fees, Janitorial services, electrical and phone bill. When those bills are paid some still are paying for their schooling while trying to put food on the table and a roof over their family’s head.
Look at what medicare pays…………..it is almost impossible. This is why so many doctors have gone into practice with other physicians. But even sharing the expenses is putting many hospitals and doctors in the red.

They are practically working for free now.

Dr. David Bankston
8 years ago
Reply to  Wan

As Paul Harvey said my wife spends more at the hairdressers than it costs me to see the Doctor. So why go to med shcol and pay malpractice.

PaulE
8 years ago
Reply to  MS

Under ObamaCare, doctors and hospitals are now under guidelines that encourage less expansive care be given to seniors. This means instead of getting a hip replacement, you might be told you can have a prescription for pain medication and sent home. Doctors are also NOT allowed to accept private payment under these new rules, so it appears seniors will have to settle for less than ideal healthcare going forward.

PaulE
8 years ago
Reply to  MS

Removing $716 billion from Medicare to fund ObamaCare is designed to hit seniors the hardest. No one, doctors and hospitals included, can be expected to treat people for free. Doctors need to eat just like the rest of us and hospitals need to be able to pay their bills to keep the lights on and the doors open.

Emily
8 years ago

They aren’t worried. The politicians are exempt from Obamacare and we taxpayers pay their insurance premiums. Please check this out and see if this is not correct.

Leland
8 years ago

The most frightening thing about this so called health care bill is the callous disregard for aging segments of the population-health care cost reduction by attrition is NOT the way to “protect and serve”. It seems these fools all think they will be forever young and healthy and this won’t affect them

One basic rule of life is we ALL age, grow feeble and these fools WILL reap what they have sown..

PaulE
8 years ago
Reply to  Leland

Remember that the president and Congress are exempt from ObamaCare. They will continue to receive the best healthcare possible on the planet, while everyone else will have to live with much less.

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