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Liberals Inconsistency on Medicare Reform and Premium Support

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).

In essence, the plan would reform Medicare so that government would work with health insurers who would in turn provide Medicare coverage to Seniors with guaranteed benefits. Seniors could chose the health insurance plan that fits their needs best. In addition, the federal government would give each senior help in paying for their premiums (this assistance is known as “premium support”). Some key things to keep in mind about this plan: (1) these reforms would not affect folks at or near retirement; (2) premium support is exactly how Medicare Part C and D already work; and (3) by putting consumers in charge of their health care dollars, we could produce cost savings in federal government health care (just like Part D, Medicare’s Drug Program).
The irony behind Orzag’s opposition to premium support is selective if not hypocritical. As Avik Roy explains in his blog, Orzag has touted the premium support provisions of ObamaCare. Yes, I will say that again. ObamaCare includes premium support as part of its voucher system but ObamaCare’s supporters oppose reforming Medicare to include provisions similar to the ObamaCare law that they love. How can an idea both be good and, at the same time, bad? Who can say.
To read more on this issue, go here.
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The Best Path Forward for Medicare

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).

Read more on this topic, here.

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If SCOTUS Strikes Down the Individual Mandate, there are Many Reasons to Oppose What’s Left

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.

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Boston Globe Adds Voice to Obama Medicare Scandal

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.

ObamaCare’s cuts to MA threaten the program and Seniors’ access to care. AHEC has shared other articles and editorials that suggested that the President was using $8 billion in taxpayer funds to conceal the devastating cutes until after his election, thus forcing taxpayers to hide the further negative implications of the President’s policies on America’s health care system.
Now, the Boston Herald has added its voice to this rising scandal. The Herald states:
“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.
Read the full commentary from the Boston Herald here.

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More on the Medicare Slush Fund to Aide Obama’s Reelect

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:

“Re-electing President Obama is really important to President Obama, which isn’t news. What is news are the out-of-liberal-character acts that his Administration is committing to serve this political goal. Recall how last year the White House rudely overruled the EPA on its ozone rule, postponing it past November. Then there were those temporary tax cuts that go poof on December 31. Most remarkable is Mr. Obama’s decision to flout his own health-care law to temporarily protect private insurance inside Medicare. ObamaCare slashes about $145 billion from Medicare Advantage, the program that allows one of four seniors to escape the traditional…”
Read the full Journal article here (subscription required).

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Bills Introduced to Allow People to Opt-Out of Medicare

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.

Read more about this bill at FreedomWorks website, here.  This is not just common sense, it is good government.

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Burr-Coburn: The Best Medicare Reform Plan to Date

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.”

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