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Surprise! HHS pilot program to send 2 million poor seniors from Medicare into voucher programs
Hotair ^ | 09/08/2012 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 09/08/2012 10:36:13 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

I know that every campaign promise Barack Obama makes has an expiration date ... but this is ridiculous. The confetti is barely off the floor at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina after Obama’s acceptance speech, and already we find out that he’s flip-flopped. Remember this part of the speech, in which he attacks the Paul Ryan plan to apply free-market reform and cost controls to Medicare?

And I will — I will never turn Medicare into a voucher.

No American should ever have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies. They should retire with the care and the dignity they have earned. Yes, we will reform and strengthen Medicare for the long haul, but we’ll do it by reducing the cost of health care, not by asking seniors to pay thousands of dollars more. And we will keep the promise of Social Security by taking the responsible steps to strengthen it, not by turning it over to Wall Street.

Expiration date — the very next day:

In his convention speech in Charlotte, President Obama vowed to block the Republican Medicare reform plan because “no American should ever have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies.”

But back in Washington, his Health and Human Services Department is launching a pilot program that would shift up to 2 million of the poorest and most-vulnerable seniors out of the federal Medicare program and into private health insurance plans overseen by the states.

The administration has accepted applications from 18 states to participate in the program, which would give states money to purchase managed-care plans for people who are either disabled or poor enough to qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid. HHS approved the first state plan, one for Massachusetts, last month.

Bear in mind that Ryan’s plan made the vouchers optional; seniors could choose the traditional government-run Medicare plan or opt for a private insurance plan from a federal exchange of approved insurers. Ryan also allows all seniors to choose, and didn’t force the poorest seniors to take the voucher option. Not only will Obama push just the poorest seniors into this plan, in some states they’d have to know to opt back in to traditional Medicare:

California is already counting on more than $500 million in budget savings from its own program this year. Most states are proposing to automatically enroll people. Those who don’t want to participate would need to opt out. The Massachusetts plan includes that feature.

Talk about leaving seniors — the poorest seniors! — “at the mercy of insurance companies.” And why has HHS decided to roll out this pilot program? As Paul Ryan has argued all along, the competition will drive down costs, especially given the headaches associated with government bureaucracy for dual-qualified seniors:

Potential cost savings are a big incentive for states. Patients who qualify for both federal health programs are a costly population and include many who need nursing-home care or other expensive services. About 40 percent of Medicaid’s costs go toward patients who are also eligible for Medicare. Advocates of the pilot program also say it could lead to better coordination of care for patients who often struggle to navigate the two different programs.

Don’t get me wrong — this sounds like a good program to test. In fact, it sounds a lot like the Medicare Advantage program that Obama gutted to pay for his Medicaid expansion in ObamaCare. It’s similar to the approach Ryan wants to use to drive down costs, except that Ryan didn’t propose to use the poor as guinea pigs to test it out. And he certainly didn’t propose his plan quietly while hypocritically railing against private insurance and Wall Street just as the program got ready to start.


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1 posted on 09/08/2012 10:36:21 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Ping


2 posted on 09/08/2012 10:43:11 AM PDT by HollyB
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To: SeekAndFind

fl


3 posted on 09/08/2012 10:44:25 AM PDT by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does....)
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To: SeekAndFind

The power that was given to HHS Sebelius in that healthcare bill was criminal. It made her the most important person in the cabinet - unlimited powers!!

We’ll be seeing her in 2016 running for president - we got a glimpse of all the dems at the convention who gave speeches who will be doing the same. Anyone favor Granholm??? YUCK!


4 posted on 09/08/2012 10:44:47 AM PDT by Thank You Rush
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To: SeekAndFind

The president has been calling the kettle black.


5 posted on 09/08/2012 10:45:18 AM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: SeekAndFind

Find me ONE politician who never mislead or lied. Just One! Not Read My Lips Bush, I did not have sexual relations Clinton, WMD Bush and many others.


6 posted on 09/08/2012 10:52:52 AM PDT by Orange1998
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To: ConservaTexan
The president has been calling the kettle black.
again...wonders never cease...
that's all, pRes__ent O'Blahblah has (a) very few
cards to play....he's a colossal FAILURE

7 posted on 09/08/2012 10:57:21 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; w/ different flie$" :^)
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To: Orange1998

Find me ONE politician who has mislead an entire nation into poverty, bankruptcy and despair, the likes of which haven’t been seen in America since our first Great Depression, more than the Destroyer-In-Chief currently, but temporarily, residing in the WH. I don’t give a damn how much politicians lie as long as those lies don’t destroy the country...like Obama’s lies are doing....and quite deliberately so.

As for those WMDs that Bush supposedly lied about.....who lied about them first? About a dozen or more damned Democrats. Now, it would naturally figure that those Democrats were lying. It’s all they ever do. And yes, Bush should have questioned their .....uh.....’wisdom’. But then again, we already knew that Saddam had bio and chem wmds...since he had already used them on his own people. Now...on the other side of that argument....tell me ....what was being transported in that miles-long caravan of 18-wheelers headed from Iraq to Syria, months before we went into Iraq, but just after we made it known to Saddam that we were going in (stupid move). To date, nobody on the left has been able to answer that queston. Perhaps you could answer it?

(don’t get me started)

“Find me ONE politician who never mislead or lied. Just One! Not Read My Lips Bush, I did not have sexual relations Clinton, WMD Bush and many others.”


8 posted on 09/08/2012 11:20:10 AM PDT by XenaLee (The only good commie is a dead commie.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Almost nothing that Obama says is even remotely connected to the truth. He must be getting coached and mentored by the greatest deceiver of all.

And we already know what his true intentions are re: Medicare. To destroy it and replace it with government-run single payer death care....giving Americans NO CHOICE whatsoever.


9 posted on 09/08/2012 11:22:59 AM PDT by XenaLee (The only good commie is a dead commie.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I suspect those going into a state program will receive a lower level of care. Why else would the gvt want to shove them into the state plan?

Sucks!!


10 posted on 09/08/2012 11:45:01 AM PDT by upchuck ("Definition of 'racist:' someone that is winning an argument with a liberal." ~ Peter Brimelow)
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voucher
11 posted on 09/08/2012 11:46:43 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: SeekAndFind

wow. That voucher thing had probably been in the works for months, he knew it was a lie when he said it.


12 posted on 09/08/2012 11:51:35 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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