Skip to comments.Obama Cuts Medicare – Again!
Posted on 03/23/2013 8:02:18 AM PDT by Kaslin
Last month, the Obama Administration moved forward with new Medicare spending cuts that few outside ardent industry observers noticed. If put into place, however, these cuts will mean significantly less money in the pockets of some 14 million senior citizens around the country.
But with health care costs projected to rise another three percent, these reductions couldnt come at a worse time.
When President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, he simultaneously authorized $200 billion in cuts to the Medicare Advantage program. At the time, the Congressional Budget Office projected that the health care reform laws cuts would result in three million fewer Medicare Advantage enrollees. Moreover, actuaries at Oliver Wyman predicted that the cost of the health insurance tax would mean an additional $3,500 in out-of-pocket expenses for seniors over the next ten years.
If all that werent bad enough, a few weeks ago the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed an additional 2.3 percent reduction in Medicare Advantage payments for 2014. This new reduction, combined with the cuts in the health care law, mean Medicare Advantage payments next year will go down by more than eight percent, or about $11 billion.
Oliver Wyman calculates the impact in 2014 will be $50 to $90 per month in some combination of benefit cuts and premium increases per senior participant. As the full effect of the mandated ObamaCare cuts become fully implemented, the impact worsens significantly.
Its time for seniors to stand up and say enough is enough.
Medicare Advantage is the one program that allows seniors to choose a plan that offers coverage through a private company rather than a government agency. Much to the chagrin of the Obama Administration, 28 percent of all Medicare beneficiaries - 14 million rely on Medicare Advantage.
Participation among minority groups is even higher: 31 percent for African-Americans, 38 percent for Hispanics. Forty-one percent of all beneficiaries have incomes of $20,000 or less. However, 61 percent of minority beneficiaries are in that low income group. Bad as it is for everyone, the CMS proposed cuts to Medicare Advantage will disproportionately affect minority, low-income senior citizens.
The combined impact of these administrative actions will force millions of seniors into the government run Medicare they already chose to reject. According to the CMS own numbers, enrollment in Medicare Advantage fell for several years after the program was faced with significant cuts in the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. And between December 2001 and December 2002, enrollment dropped by more than 900,000. Those who stayed in the program saw higher premiums and reduced benefits and coverage.
And, what of those in the low-income category? Theyll be shouldering the brunt of the higher premiums. According to Oliver Wyman, those who utilize services the most will be required to pay even higher cost sharing or be forced by higher MA premiums or loss of access to MA plans to move back into FFS Medicare
Furthermore, according to 2010 analysis by the Heritage Foundations Robert A. Book, Ph.D. and James Capretta, the grisly truth is that the reform laws cuts in payments to Medicare Advantage and the subsequent premium hikes and reduced benefits will only drive would-be Medicare Advantage enrollees into a government- run Medicare program. The net effect is that spending is only transferred from one program to the other; its not reduced.
So why not fund Medicare Advantage and allow the millions of seniors, particularly low income and minority seniors, to keep the coverage they already have?
Barack Obama repeatedly pledged, "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor." But, the war he is waging against Medicare Advantage will give lie to both of those promises.
Its time for Washington to stop playing politics with seniors medical care and continue to allow private companies to compete in the Medicare marketplace. Simply forcing more and more Americans to become dependent on the federal government is no way to go about real reform. The Obama Administration can, and should, stop these cuts before its too late.
But I thought seniors voted for Obama, so they would be taken care of.
It’s too late to change anything folks, the only viable option is to rebuild everything from the ground up.
Barry and the ‘RATS cut the heck out of Medicare and then blame it on the Republicans. Their toads in the state controlled “media” provide cover for them. Whadda country.
Unless House GOPers start really putting the brakes on nobamacare funding, yes your prediction becomes more likely.
Bad as it is for everyone, the CMS proposed cuts to Medicare Advantage will disproportionately affect minority, low-income senior citizens.
They are the ones who put Obama in office. It is only right for them to bear the brunt of the hit.
Please: Do not ask me to feel sorry for Obama voters.
I have a senior neighbor who likes her Medicare Advantage. She complained a few years ago how it had gone up and I said, “Well, people voted for that.”
She said, “No, they didn’t.”
I said, “Sure they did, they voted for Obama.”
She voted for Obama. In her case, she reaps what she has sown. Sad for the other seniors who did not vote for him.
Rob Peter to pay Paul.
He wants the elderly mostly white, mostly republican, demographic dead and gone.
No, 65+ was Romney 56/44.
That’s the problem long term.
Every year 2.5 mil (mostly old, white, Republican) voters die and are replaced by (mostly minority, Democrat) voters.
Demographics is strongly against us.
And yet, at one time, the 65+ demogrpahic was solidly Democratic.
He's doing it to save Social Security for all the "disability" cases that vote Democrat. Votes, power, and cash flow, it's what the Slave Party is all about.
So Buckwheat is stealing more money from people who contributed to socialist Medicare so his Medicaid savages in the liberal cities can get repaired from patriots shooting them full of holes.
That pretty well sums it up.
More ‘payback for past historical wrongs’: Old whites use Medicare; new, young, poor, [and illegals] voters/Dems use Medicaid/Obamacare.
That $19 Trillion in Great Society wealth-transfer programs just wasn’t enough of a payback number. No. Need more.
Next stop: Seizure of $15 Trillion in [”privileged class”, meaning everyone’s who as a dollar of saving] IRA, 401K, other retirement accounts. Like Cyprus.