Advocates of ObamaCare, such as former Obama Administration Director of the Office of Management & Budget (OMB) Peter Orzag, have criticized the budget and Medicare reform ideas proposed by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan (the Romney-Ryan plan happens to have bipartisan support in the Congres).
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American’s for Prosperity has a several part series making the case for Medicare reform. In Part IV of this series, the case is made for the best path forward for Medicare. The key difference in the future presented for future generations of retirees is this: will decisions about health care costs, access and treatment be made by government bureaucrats (the Democratic plan) or by seniors (the Republican plan).
Grace-Marie Turner has written an excellent article at The New York Times that should serve as a reminder that even if the Supreme Court strikes down the individual mandate, there are still many reasons to oppose the remainder of ObamaCare. Ms. Turner’s top 10 reasons to still oppose ObamaCare include:
1. Employer Mandate.
2. Conscience Mandate.
3. New and Higher Taxes.
4. The Independent Payment Advisory Board.
5. State Exchanges.
6. Medicare Payment Cuts.
7. Higher Health Costs.
8. Government Control over Doctor Decisions.
9. Huge Deficits.
10. More than 150 New Boards, Agencies and Programs.
Ms. Turner explains each of these issues in more detail and you read her full article here.
For the last two days, AHEC has shared information with you about how the President called for cuts to Medicare Advantage (MA) as part of ObamaCare. MA is a patient-centered program within the traditional Medicare program that Democrats have long despised because of its free-market aspects.
“And there was more evidence yesterday of administration malfeasance on Medicare with the release of a report by the Government Accountability Office on an $8.3 billion “experimental” program run out of Health and Human Services.“Remember how under Obama- care about 12 million seniors enrolled in Medicare Advantage programs — popular for their extra benefits like vision and dental care — were going to be kicked off those programs? Well, that change would become apparent to seniors next October (the start of the open enrollment period for the following year), just weeks before the presidential election.“Enter the $8.3 billion “demonstration project” which HHS is using to temporarily keep those programs alive — at least until after the next election. The GAO report said the project “dwarfs all other Medicare demonstrations” and is so poorly designed that there was no way of knowing whether the bonuses paid to insurers netted “meaningful results.” It’s what happens when you throw money at plans just to cover your political backside until after Nov. 6.
The Wall Street Journal has more on the Obama Administration’s use of federal funds to hide the impact of ObamaCare’s cuts to Medicare Advantage through his re-elect. From the Journal:
Earlier this week, AHEC wrote about a federal appeals court decision that denied people the right/ability to opt-out of Medicare. Instead, the court’s decision traps people into a health care system they may not want. New legislation has been introduced on Capitol Hill to give Americans the option to forego Medicare if they chose.
Avik Roy of Forbes Apothecary has commented on the Burr-Coburn Medicare reform plan calling it the best reform plan introduced to date. According to his column, their plan achieves each of six important principles for reform: “(1) preserving benefits for people aged 55 and older; (2) making sure that retirees share more of the costs of their care, and thereby a stake in prudent consumption; (3) means-testing; (4) indexing the Medicare retirement age to life expectancy; (5) aggressive fraud prevention; (6) allowing seniors to shop for value in insurance plans.”