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Obama drops Medicare changes
The Hill ^

Posted on 03/10/2014 10:06:01 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

March 10, 2014, 12:38 pm Obama drops Medicare changes

By Elise Viebeck

The Obama administration is abandoning a surprise plan to alter Medicare drug coverage rules after it was almost unanimously panned by Congress and K Street.

Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner alerted lawmakers Monday that her agency would not finalize regulations giving insurers more leeway to limit the number of drugs they cover for Medicare beneficiaries.

Critics argued that making the change, which the administration said would save money, would have hampered seniors' access to necessary medications

Democrats had worried the issue could have hurt them in the midterm elections.

Tavennar's announcement means six classes of prescription drugs will continue to be subject to strict rules that would require that nearly all drugs in the classes be covered under Medicare.

If the change had gone forward, only three classes of drugs would have been subject to those rules.

“We will engage in further stakeholder input before advancing some or all of the changes in these areas in future years,” Tavenner wrote in a letter to lawmakers announcing the administration was backing off.

“We are committed to continuing to work with Congress to continue to ensure that Parts C and D work best for Medicare beneficiaries.”


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 0carenightmare; aca; demsobamacare; healthcare; medicare; obamacare
Make it up as you go.......
1 posted on 03/10/2014 10:06:01 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

This fraud is correctly named after Obama.

He’s making it up on the fly.


2 posted on 03/10/2014 10:09:19 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Sub-Driver

They want to cram Obamacare down the nations throat but “Democrats had worried the issue could have hurt them in the midterm elections”

Thats what it is all about


3 posted on 03/10/2014 10:14:39 AM PDT by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: Mr. K

They are just having a very hard time with the whole “Hurt Republicans while helping Democrats” part. That has proven far more difficult to implement than they expected.


4 posted on 03/10/2014 10:19:33 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: Mr. K

If you like your congressional seats, you can keep them.


5 posted on 03/10/2014 10:22:55 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Sub-Driver

“The Obama administration is abandoning a surprise plan to alter Medicare drug coverage rules after it was almost unanimously panned by Congress”

Uh......how?


6 posted on 03/10/2014 10:30:39 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Mr. K
“Democrats had worried the issue could have hurt them in the midterm elections”

Two possible paths... keep postponing indefinitely, or two, stop having elections.

7 posted on 03/10/2014 10:31:23 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: C210N

‘Rats prefer the latter course.


8 posted on 03/10/2014 10:31:53 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: Sub-Driver
The King Has Spoken!


9 posted on 03/10/2014 10:34:02 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Sub-Driver
Is he losing his "touch", his phone or his pen?


10 posted on 03/10/2014 10:34:11 AM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: InterceptPoint

His pen hath demons.


11 posted on 03/10/2014 10:35:26 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Sub-Driver
ensure that Parts C and D work best for Medicare beneficiaries

As far as I can tell, a senior citizen only needs to have Medicare Part A (the "free" part) to avoid the Obamacare penalty.

12 posted on 03/10/2014 10:37:43 AM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: Sub-Driver

Beware, Medicare beneficiaries! After the election, Obama will be more “flexible,” as he has been for Putin’s invasion of Crimea. After the election, he will issue another decree reversing the reversal.


13 posted on 03/10/2014 10:39:24 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Sub-Driver

Guess he thought killing grandma and grandpa might hurt his support among the general constituency.


14 posted on 03/10/2014 10:40:01 AM PDT by ZULU (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: txrefugee

I suspect that the cuts to Medicare will not happen because of the political pressure. So the $750 billion from Medicare that was supposed to fund Obamacare will have to come from somewhere else, i.e., through more deficit spending or higher taxes. Medicare costs nine times more than it was projected to cost. Obamacare will cost much more than the estimates. Just another entitlement program to bankrupt the country.


15 posted on 03/10/2014 11:01:19 AM PDT by kabar
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To: Sub-Driver; All
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16 posted on 03/10/2014 11:03:21 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Sub-Driver

Just goes to show what a comic opera farce this whole thing has become.

In order to control costs, you HAVE to control choice.

But at the first little inkling that someone’s choices will be limited, the entire political machine comes down like a ton of bricks. The insurer or government agency puts it’s tail between its legs and slinks away.

You CANNOT control costs through any kind of centralized bureaucracy. Only by empowering consumers to make smart spending choices.


17 posted on 03/10/2014 11:03:43 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Sub-Driver
“We will engage in further stakeholder input before advancing some or all of the changes in these areas in future years,” Tavenner wrote in a letter to lawmakers announcing the administration was backing off.

translation: we're waiting for the unions to give us marching orders.

18 posted on 03/10/2014 11:06:20 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: Sub-Driver

I’ll change it. No I won’t.
Yes I will. Wait, no. For a year. Wait, no, for two years. Yes. Or wait, no. I think I will change it. Maybe. Or not. Um.....


19 posted on 03/10/2014 11:07:45 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: MUDDOG
as far as I can tell, a senior only needs to have Medicare Part A (the "free part") to avoid the penalty

I only have Part A, so I did search for the answer. The answer is that you only need part A.

I think it's AMAC, the alternative-conservative retirees organization, that had an answer to that question.

About Part B. A lot of people think that they have to have it and pay that monthly premium. But not so. The way it's done is a retiree has to opt in to part D but opt out of part B.

20 posted on 03/10/2014 11:09:59 AM PDT by grania
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To: grania
Thanks for the confirmation.

It does seem odd that Part A alone would suffice, i.e., no physician or drug coverage.

A "crappy plan" in the Obama terminology.

21 posted on 03/10/2014 11:14:31 AM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: Sub-Driver

Will some principled individual(s) put a stop to 0bama’s lawless behavior?


22 posted on 03/10/2014 11:17:29 AM PDT by windsorknot
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The Obamacare amoeba.
Morphing weekly.
15,000 additional IRS attorneys and accountants updating on the fly.


23 posted on 03/10/2014 11:18:54 AM PDT by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Sub-Driver
"Obama drops Medicare changes"

$10 says that they aren't permanently "dropped", just postponed till after Nov 2014.

24 posted on 03/10/2014 11:36:40 AM PDT by matthew fuller (No, I don't miss GWB- I miss Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld.)
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To: Sub-Driver

“Democrats had worried the issue could have hurt them in the midterm elections. “

Democrats shouldn’t worry too much about this: they can always impose these rules AFTER the 2014 elections.


25 posted on 03/10/2014 11:42:27 AM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: grania
"About Part B. A lot of people think that they have to have it and pay that monthly premium. But not so. "

I called Social Security about that( Dropping the monthly $105 or whatever) and I asked specifically if it could be re-instated, and I was told that I could drop it, but there was an increasing penalty to reinstating it, at an exorbitant rate. The $105(+/-) would increase 10% per month for each year it had been dropped.

26 posted on 03/10/2014 11:45:40 AM PDT by matthew fuller (No, I don't miss GWB- I miss Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld.)
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That $105 would increase 10% per month for each year it hand been dropped

It's the same penalty is if you don't sign up at age 65. I looked at what it covered, and $105 didn't seem like a bargain for my medical preferences. It depends on the individual. Meanwhile, I've saved $4200 already, which I've put into an account....at $105 a month.

27 posted on 03/10/2014 12:00:29 PM PDT by grania
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