The House Republican Conference is out with a new video today that demonstrates the devastating impact the president’s health care law is having on seniors, in their own words.
Featured in the video is Mary Jo, who says the president “doesn’t understand what seniors are going through…everything is going up and he’s leaving us alone.” And Tony, who says “the prices go up,” while “the amount of doctors you have” goes down. “I’ve always been a patriot for this country. I offered my life for this country,” says Joe. “To experience the changes and the broken promises is a great disappointment.”
These seniors are just a few of the nearly 16 million Medicare Advantage enrollees who face higher costs, fewer options, reduced benefits, and less access to doctors and hospitals because of the president’s health care law. According to one recent estimate, the president’s health care law “could lead to premium increases and benefit reductions of anywhere from $35 to $75 per month,” the House Energy & Commerce Committee reports. The total number of plans available to seniors is already down 60 from last year, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Last month, House Republican leaders and committee chairmen sent a letter to the White House urging President Obama to offer a plan that keeps his promise to America’s seniors. In the letter, they warned the president’s health care law “will force millions of American seniors to face higher health care costs or lose access to their doctor, their health plan, lifesaving drugs, and the benefits they’ve come to rely on.”
“If the president won’t work with us to repeal the law and replace it with better solutions,” Speaker Boehner said in response to the administration’s actions on Medicare Advantage, “then at a minimum he and his allies in Congress owe the American people a plan for dealing with the consequences of these destructive policies.”