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Obamacare ‘Surprise’ Threatens Access to Medicare Advantage Coverage, AMAC Charges

The ability of millions of older Americans on Medicare to purchase supplemental Medicare Advantage insurance is compromised –

 BOHEMIA, NY, Nov 2 – “Millions of seniors on Medicare could lose access to their cherished Medicare Advantage if President Obama gets a chance to fully implement his ObamaCare program,” according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.

Weber said that the Affordable Care Act strips Medicare of $713 billion in funding in order to cover the “enormous cost of ObamaCare’s ‘all things to all people’ approach to healthcare.  As a result, the ability of millions of older Americans on Medicare to purchase supplemental Medicare Advantage insurance is compromised.”

The impact will be felt in every state, he said in a report Weber issued today: “Our industry sources tell us that these cuts will adversely affect the older population in two ways. First, most people with Medicare Advantage plans will begin to see higher out of pocket payments, premium increases, and a reduction in benefits, costing $46 per month or more on average. This is scheduled to start in 2013.

“Even more dangerous is the possibility that some Medicare providers will stop treating Medicare patients entirely because of the loss of income from these cuts. According to the 2012 Medicare Trustees report, the payment cuts will cause an estimated 15% of Medicare providers to operate in the red,” he said.

Weber continued, “The real effect of the total $716 billion being cut from Medicare will be felt in places like Ohio, where both the older population and the Hospitals and doctors will bear the brunt of the changes”

He noted that more than $21 billion dollars will be diverted from Medicare to pay for Obamacare in Ohio alone, from 2013 to 2022.  State Auditor Dave Yost called the impact on that state “eye popping.  Ohio seniors clearly love Medicare Advantage,” Yost said.  “An awful lot of folks are going to lose that choice.”

It will be the same across the country, Weber added.  Beginning next year, unless Obamacare is changed, it appears those on Medicare and Medicare Advantage will be in for tough times.

“It is extremely unfair to take money away from senior citizens, many of whom are on fixed incomes, in order to pay for the rest of the Affordable Care Act,” he concluded.

 

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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Sally Isenberg
8 years ago

Obama always has something up his sleeve. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Dems cheat to win the election. Obama is so desperate to win, he will do anything. It’s too bad so many people are blind to what he is doing to this country. If he wins, be prepared to give up most of your earnings to the redistribution plan. Don’t be surprised if we have to call each other “comrade.” Vote for Romney/Ryan.

Lynda Wylie
8 years ago

I especially like Kay from PA comments. Obama is truly the “great deceiver”. His agenda for America is to replace the individual’s ability to earn a livihood with that of receiving government handouts. His plan is to have two classes – the government-employed-haves and the rest of the people on government welfare programs. Obama care is his first step. The elimination of our 2nd Amendment (right to bear arms) will be his next biggie if he is elected. He has already put together a plan that will be effective January 2013, which circumvents our Constitution by creating a world-treaty with… Read more »

JOHN P.SLOAN,JR.
8 years ago

WHILE OBAMA AND TEAM TELL YOU ABOUT THE GOOD PARTS, THEY KEEP THE REST SECRET.YOU WOULD NEED TO READ ALL 2700 PAGES WITH A LAWERS HELP TO GET IT ALL. SOME CRITICAL HIGHLIGHTS ARETHE 15 MEMBER COUNCIL THAT WILL DETERMINE WHO GETS WHICH TREATMENT AND/ OR MEDICATION. READING AND INTERPRETING THE REQUIREMENTS FOR SMALL BUSINESS REQUIRES AN ATTOURNY TO HELP INTERPRET. THERE ARE MANY STORIES OF SMALL BUSINESSES THAT HAVE ALREADY SHUT DOWN OR DRSATICALLY REDUCED EMPLOYEES DUE TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF OBAMA CARE.THERE ARE ALSO HIDDEN TAXES IN THE BILL. IF FULLY IMPLEMENTED, IT WILL PUT THE PRIVATE SECTOR… Read more »

David Squiers
8 years ago

I loved my Medicare advantage plan. But next year the deductible for specialists went up to $40 per visit, imaging tests went up from $50 to $200 as did ambulance service. Cost of program also rose $10 per month. Many of
the free wellness programs also disappeared. The number of companies offering advantage programs in our area are way down. I was told the Obama care medicare cuts were directed primarily at medicare advantage plans. I expect these plans to be totally gone soon. Then what?

judith m olson
8 years ago

rick: i also watch krauthammer and agree with most things he says….especially about his thoughts on socialism and what will happen if another 4 years is afforded to obama. it is up to ohio, but moreso, it is up to everyone of us to do our jobs and vote obama out on tuesday…after reading about so much corruption happening with the voting, especially the write in ballots, i will be very surprised if ohio, florida or virginia or many other states will not end up being audited on the voting results. i wish that romney had been louder on benghazi… Read more »

Editor
8 years ago

Comment placed by D. Zimmerman – If public would read “The Amateur” and see the movie 2016 Obamas america, they would learn the real truth of his negative desire for USA to decline and disappear. People are so hipnotized by his false smile and “charm”, the do not see him in the real world. His plan is to totally socialize america, to nationalize all businesses and become the world dictator. He has absolutely no business experience, nor diplomatic skills even after 4 years. Mitt Romney has over 25 years business experience and considerable foreign relations experience from working with Dain… Read more »

Anthony
8 years ago

Pollution, war and prosperity! Go Mitty!

Anthony
8 years ago

Pollution, war and prosperity! Go Mitty old boy.

Anna Brown
8 years ago

Obama is a dictator. If re-elected, it will be by fraud and he will do away with Congress. Whatever he wants will be passed by executive order. We condemn foreign governments, and yet our long term elected officials are the most corrupt in the world. We NEED term limits. Our government needs a major overhaul. Lifetime retirement benefits are way out of proportion. In the real world, an employee is not fullly vested for 5 years. A President should not receive full salary retirement for any longer than 8 years. Supreme Court judges and Congress also need to be redefined.… Read more »

Glenn Shannon
8 years ago

No Stan but it is getting damn close and the bill is getting higher in leaps and bounds every year.

Jerry Bleeg
8 years ago

Two days before the election that decides if we live free or sufer comun/social disease. Maybe the young people out of college and out of a job will see the folly of wealth redistibution. As a WWII Combat Marine, I want to get back to individual responsibility. I’ll contribute to the poor and unfortunate, but not on the governments terms of buying votes. Our colleges and Universities are poisioning the minds of the students. They look to government to help them. The only thing that the enemy respects is military force and we are turning our militrary to a bunch… Read more »

Rick
8 years ago

Charles Krauthamer commented this election is the referendum on whether we void the contract formed by the American Revolution for liberty or equality. And if it is the later, we will all be equally poor. That’s what socialism is all about. God Ohio, I pray you do the right thing. You are the key.

Ben
8 years ago

I got the notice from my Insurance Co.last week.Medicare Advantage is no longer available for me.Obama took out over 700 billion dollars for obamacare so medicare advantage is no longer available in Florida.Think before you pull the lever for Obama.He is the biggest liar ever to be elected.Be warned!!!!!!!!!!!!

D. Zimmerman
8 years ago

I just spent 15 minutes writing a comment and posting it. Well it happened again. My comments were not posted. This is frustrating!!

D. Zimmerman
8 years ago

My wife and I early voted last week in Canton, Mississippi for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. I pray that all people will get out and vote for Mitt Romney. I just signed up for my first Medicare Advantage Program that began on 10/1/12. It is called the Windsor Medicare Advantage Program. I studied all of the programs and this was the best one for me. God help us if Obama gets re-elected. He says he is a Christian but his actions and words do not show it, so he can’t be a true Christian. He is not pro-life(all abortions… Read more »

Hal H
8 years ago

I have been telling others for months about this mess obamacare is going to visit on us….and its all coming true and all most had to do was download and read parts of that bill…its all there in print and more….Americans are very uninformed as a electorate they need to get off their lazy butts and find out what is going on….then defeat this cancer called obama and send him back to kenya or indonesia or wherever this monster is from. or go and elect him and look forward to your first end of life counseling to find out how… Read more »

Walt
8 years ago

Just Vote…and do what is right for Freedom to Reign for the Generations that will follow!!

TLC
8 years ago

Another little surprise of Obama care requires all persons to have mandatory “End of life counseling” every 5 years once they reach the age of 65. This and the reallocation of the $713 billion from the Medicare program proves that the seniors will bear the brunt of the costs of this socialist plan!! Barack Hussein Obama must be defeated on election day, and we seniors must be the ones to do it!

Nancy Carpenter
8 years ago

We lost our Medicare Advantage Ins. over a year ago because of Obamacare. The only Medicare Advantage Ins program offered in Madera County, Ca. is an HMO which we declined. We Signed up for a medicare Supplement program offered by AMAC and its not cheap, but within our budget. We pay for our own prescriptions and that is fine even though some are expensive.

No faith in government
8 years ago

Do all of you know who the “DEMENTORS” are in the Harry Potter movies? The DEMENTORS are evil beings who, when they attack an individual, they literally SUCK OUT THE SPIRIT AND SOUL FROM THE VICTIMS. This is who and what Obama is: HE HAS LITERALLY DEMORALIZED OUR US, AND SUCKED THE LIFEBLOOD AND SPIRIT FROM US…..ALL WITH THE INTENT TO DESTROY THIS COUNTRY AND UPROOT ITS FOUNDATIONS. He has known, since DAY ONE, what he has wanted to do and he has gotten pretty darn close to it…four more years will finish the job. OBAMA IS LITERALLY …..THE GREAT… Read more »

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