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Obamacare Targets the Elderly and Women, says AMAC

‘Its Medicare home healthcare cuts deny care for elderly women and decimate an industry dominated by women’

WASHINGTON, DC, Oct 3 – Obamacare diverts $22 billion earmarked for Medicare home health care for seniors in order to pay for the costs of its insurance exchange subsidies and expanded Medicaid programs.

“Homebound seniors will have to seek care outside of their homes and the home healthcare sector, an industry with more than half a million employees, mainly women, will be devastated,” according to Andy Mangione, vice president for government relations at the Association of Mature American Citizens.

The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has corroborated Mangione’s estimates.  CMS says that some 5,000 home healthcare companies will go out of business by 2017.  Women own the majority of these businesses, and most of their more than 500,000 employees—the nurses and other allied health professionals who provide care—are also women.

In addition, Mangione said, it is mainly poor, elderly women “who will be denied access to home healthcare if the cuts are not reversed.”

The average age of Medicare home healthcare beneficiaries is 82 and two-thirds of them live below the federal poverty level.  The have chronic illnesses such as heart disease, COPD and diabetes.  They live mostly in rural parts of the country where access to alternative care is limited and significantly more expensive.

“They are Medicare’s oldest, sickest and poorest beneficiaries and the majority of them are women.  And so, if there is a ‘war on women’ in America they are the most vulnerable victims of that conflict,” Mangione noted.

He said it is “imperative” that the Medicare cuts be quashed and that, as AMAC’s principal contact with lawmakers in D.C., it is a top priority on his agenda.

“H.R.5110, the SAVE Medicare Home Health Act, was recently introduced to rescind these cuts and replace them with common sense accountability for home healthcare agencies, which would increase the quality of care for patients. The House will eventually vote on the budget-neutral bill, perhaps after the November elections or when the next session of Congress begins in January.”

Mangione said that there is growing support for the measure and it is likely to pass in the House.  But, its fate in the Senate is uncertain although 51 senators, including 36 Democrats, are on record as supporting a repeal of the cuts.

“Still, they will need to be reminded not to fund Obamacare on the backs of America’s seniors and there is no better time to do that than during the current Congressional election campaigns.  It is important, therefore, for each and every one of us to get involved and research candidates before giving your precious vote to an articulate, attractive candidate who looks great in a suit.  We need to take the time to find the substance behind the style.”

NOTE TO EDITORS: Andy Mangione is available for telephone interviews on this issue.  Editors/reporters may contact John Grimaldi at 917-846-8485 or jpgrimaldi@verizon.net to set up a call.

ABOUT AMAC

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E.T.

in regards to destroying this country: why do you think Obama said no boots on the ground against isis? he knows
we can’t defeat them whithout boots on the ground. it is exactly what he and isis want

Curious

We need Christianity back in the American political arena. We also need someone with Ronald Reagan’s Christian sensibilities with an understanding of history, the political process; an ability to deal with other foreign leaders in a constructive kindly fashion and is comfortable being on camera 24hours a day pointing out the errors of the democrats in their reaming any opposition and stealing America. How hard can it be to find a another Christian Hollywood republican to run for and win the White House and to lay off the back of poor circumstantially complied Russia snatching the Crimea back so that they simply continued to have a place to park their southern navel ships in winter ? ========= The Cold War is OVER. We need new leadership. I personally don’t see as to where Russia had much opportunity to say one way or another as to whether they wanted the Crimea… Read more »

David

Well folks, here is what we said never would happen, and it looks like we don’t seem to be able to do anything about it.
Maybe this will help. What the so called government of the United States is saying is, if you are old and inform and need medical help under Obamacrap, then you will be denied. In other words, you are better off dead. That’s it. They would rather you die than receive any benefit of money from the government so they can keep getting their benefits and filling their wallets.

So, if you are not healthy, then be prepared, your time is at an end. (is this also not prophecy)?

Sandra

Well folks, my mother used to say “You make your bed, lie in it!” Guess what, we made this bed. This is NOT just Obama but his whole administration. He has idealistic young adults that were raised by our generation with OUR idealistic ideas. This started more than a century ago with Native Americans put on reservations, voting suffrage for minorities and genders, civil rights disparities, economic injustices. AND we forgot to teach children that this country prospers because of everyone knowing how to WORK, about RESPECT, about the GOLDEN RULE. I was taught everyone must participate in this economy by doing their share to the best of their ability. AND raising children was a very important role right along with being a lawyer, or doctor, or mechanic etc. The most important role is raising children if you choose to have them. ‘Self-actualization’ was an excuse by many women to… Read more »

CHUCK

We want OUR $716 BILLION back and we want it back NOW!!! That is OUR money. It is not for use elsewhere. Please work on getting our money back for the use and expansion of Maedicare Advantage and other valuable senior programs. You need to find the clip where BHO said he wanted to get rid of the Medicare Advantage and it needs to be played multiple times every day on TV. Along with it we could also show a list of names of those who voted for Obmacare. That would be powerful !!!!.

Robert A Hirschmann

Don’t you people realize that Obamas whole agenda from the start was to totally destroy this country? That’s what his “fundamental change” is all about. He does not want us to be oil independent! He does not want us to have jobs! He does not want us to succeed in anything! Since he has been in office he has ignored, bypassed and flat out disobeyed our constitution! He added 17 TRILLION dollars to our debt. He crammed Obamacare down our throats He makes laws that are illegal. He uses the power of the presidency to bully, intimidate and prosecute anyone who disagrees with his policies. How long will we let this go on? He was brought up to hate America and all it stands for. I am totally against him. I am an American and proud of it. I guess that makes me a racist. I believe in the tea… Read more »

JoJo775

Actually ACA starts to affect those of us who are 76. If you read the bill, after 76 you will not be eligible for cancer care/treatment. Those who are 75 should be worried because you don’t have until 85. As Dr. Emanuel said very recently and I quote ” By 75 you have lived your life and you should go ahead and die because you become a burden to society and the health care industry. They love to laud Canadian health care, boy they should have lived it as I did while living there several years. The elderly are denied all but comfort care and die quickly. My sister-in-law at 82 went to the hospital with pneumonia and died 3 days later. No medication, no oxygen just a comfortable bed in which to die. Do we really intend to pay high premiums for supplemental health care policies that give us… Read more »

John

The healthcare in this country is now on TSA orange level and will be on red level around the election as people learn their insurance costs, co-pays and deductibles.

The children in Washington DC need to correct his immediately.

Unfortunately is is above their co-pay and competence.

John

The healthcare in this country is on TSA orange level now, will go to red around the election as people begin to know the costs of their insurance, their co-pays and deductibles. Next year it will implode.

The children in Washington need to correct this fraud immediately. Unfortunately this is beyond their pay-grade or competence.

Veatrice Bennett

I do not like the Democrat propaganda; I do not like the way that the Democrats vote. I still think that our President is a Muslim!!

Theresa H

I just hope and pray we survive 2 more years–and then get someone in the Presidential Office with at least good, common sense and loyalty to the fundamental American principles of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness–in that order! Obama and his friends are, literally, killing us….! Nonetheless, “In God we trust!”

Jeanne Stotler

Proving the fraud perpetrated on this country needs to be exposed, a writer asked about Obama’s law lic, it was revoked due to Obama’s lying on the application, there is more than enough to point to him being in this country and the WH illegally, Reason it’s not been exposed, ONE WORD DEMOCATS, namely Pelosi and Reid. With a large majority of Rep., we can correct this, now as far as deporting, NO<NO< NO< a trial and execution, not only for him but those who helped perpetrate this, incl. Geo. Soros and his son(s) This is more than just an act of Treason

Attn: anybody elected on the Rep. side, get the UN the HE77 out of NYC and USA

Diane Nidhols

Obama Care is ridiculous and should never have been passed. What was our congress thinking? “Pass it and then read it?” What is our country coming to? Better yet, where is it going?

John Koneski

I tend to agree with much of what has been expressed in this “what’s your opinion” section. As a dismayed non-partisan octogenarian I don’t believe that the “Affordable Care Act” is necessarily a religious or a Democrat vs Republican issue or for that matter even an age related issue. Yes, I do understand and believe that it certainly infringes on the “rights” of each of the aforementioned groups but in the “big picture” one must ask: What is actually happening (or what was the actual objective) with this type of “dictatorial” legislation? And how was he able to cause the passage of such an obviously flawed law? I believe it is in line with a determination by Mr Obama to fractionalize the citizens of our country…i.e., divide and conquer. And he has effectively performed in that regard by creating feelings of “guilt” amongst the “haves” not only who have supported… Read more »

Bill Barnes

For the second year in a row my Medicare Advantage plan was cancelled because of the ACA…my wife, who is not yet 65 pays over $800 Pmo for her health ins…it went up each of the last 2 years.

“The elderly have a duty to die”…CO Gov Dick Lamb…(D)

Ron Alford

Obama’s Medicare cuts will decimate seniors and doctors who take care of us, but I’m sure that is his goal. Anyone who has not learned by now to vote a straight Republican ticket in November will not get another chance. We not only need for Republicans to control both the House and Senate, but indeed not to just have majority control, but a super majority so he can no longer do anything to destroy America.

John Campbell

Some how Amac needs to reach out to the next generation of seniors. The 40 to 50 voters. And they need to reach out to the 30 to 40 people. These changes affect only us now, but will impact everyone eventually.
Amac should run commercials to spell it out to the uninformed voter. This age based discrimination is not civilized.

BobA

If any conservative does not vote after what this once great country has been through over the past six years then you are worse then any liberal. They all vote, at least once if not more, when it really counts.

judith m olson

we need to keep the house and take control of the senate in november to at least give us seniors and those following closely behind us a fighting chance to hold down the pen and phone of this administration….i agree with paule…get out and vote and make sure you get everyone you know out to vote republican in this coming november…the dems are pulling numbers from their hats, so we need to show up enmasse to have a chance……

Raymond

These same comments keep coming out . . like knowing our pres. is a liar, he’s this and he’s that, but, BUT if you all notice he’s still president. If he was republican and it was proven that the Birth certificate is false/altered, the next day, OUT OF HERE. Romney was absolutely right with the 47 percent in the Dem’s pockets. So am I absolutely right with my knowing the “Democrat, No Matter What” voters will do it again and probably elect Hillary. G.H.U. = God Help Us