Dem Medicare Cuts Will Hurt

Dem Medicare Cuts Will Hurt

Democrats Actually Designed These Cuts To Medicare Advantage & They Voted To Defend Them Twice

 

Obamacare: $308 Billion In Medicare Advantage Cuts

 

“Obamacare called for cuts to the Medicare Advantage program…” (“Republicans Press Obama On Medicare Insurance Cuts,” Politico, 2/13/14)

 

MEDICARE ADVANTAGE CUTS:

 

·         CBO: ‘Medicare Advantage Rates… 156 [billion dollars].’ “Changes in outlays from direct spending… Medicare Advantage Rates… 2013-2022: 156 [billion dollars]” (Douglas Elmendorf, CBO Director, Letter To Speaker Boehner, P.5, 7/24/12)

 

·         CBO: “Our estimate of the interaction between the FFS provisions and payment rates for MA [Medicare Advantage] plans is $152 billion.” (CBO, E-Mail To Senate Staff, 7/24/12)

 

·         CBO: “The sum of those two effects is $308 billion.” (CBO, E-Mail To Senate Staff, 7/24/12)

 

Democrats Repeatedly Defended Their Cuts To Medicare Advantage

 

In 2009, 57 Democrats rejected an effort to restore Medicare Advantage for seniors. “Hatch, R-Utah, motion to commit the bill to the Finance Committee with instructions that it be reported back with changes that would eliminate cuts in payments to Medicare Advantage plans…” (H.R. 3590 Motion To Commit H.R. 3590 With Instructions, Roll Call Vote #362, Motion Not Agreed To 41-57: R 39-0; D 2-55; I 0-2, 12/4/09)

 

·         “The 57-41 roll call Friday by which the Senate turned back a Republican effort to restore $120 billion in cuts to Medicare Advantage, the private insurance plan within Medicare that provides seniors with better benefits than the traditional program.” (“Senate Roll Call: GOP Effort To Restore Cuts,” AP, 12/4/09)

 

In 2010, 56 Democrats again voted to defend their cuts to Medicare Advantage for seniors. (Motion To Table Hatch Motion To Commit H.R. 4872 To The Committee On Finance, Roll Call Vote #72, Motion Agreed To 56-42: R 0-40; D 54-2; I 2-0, 3/24/10)

 

Dems Defended Their Cuts To Medicare

 

SEN. JEANNE SHAHEEN (D-NH): “There are significant savings” in Medicare Advantage (CNN’s “State Of The Union,” 11/22/09)

 

SEN. MARY LANDRIEU (D-LA): Obamacare “makes changes to the Medicare Advantage payment structure that will give insurers an incentive to deliver more value for taxpayers’ money.” (Sen. Landrieu, Press Release, 12/22/09)

 

SEN. TOM HARKIN (D-IA): “What we’re cutting are the slush funds of the insurance companies that are making billions of dollars off of Medicare Advantage. That’s what we’re cutting.” (MSNBC, 12/1/09)

 

15 Million Seniors Depend On Medicare Advantage

 

“Of the more than 50 million older Americans who receive coverage through Medicare, about 15 million are enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans…” (“U.S. Health Insurers Brace For New Steep Medicare Cuts,” Reuters, 2/20/14)

 

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