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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 to set up a chat.


The Association of Mature American Citizens [] 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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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… Read more »


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


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?


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.


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..