Stephen Levine by Stephen Levine on August 22nd, 2012

This is article 336 of 699 in the topic Healthcare

For decades the democrats have engaged in “Medi-Scare” tactics telling senior citizens that the evil republicans are going to cut Medicare and put them out on the street.

But one look at what Obamacare does and the average senior citizen should be scared enough to vote the evil democrats out of office. To fund Obamacare without appearing to go over budget dollars, the democrats appear to be reducing Medicare benefits by $500 BILLION dollars, mostly from the Medicare Advantage program.

The Obama administration got slapped by the Government Accountability Office for using an $8.3 billion slush fund to temporarily cushion the blow from cuts that ObamaCare requires to a program called Medicare Advantage. Millions of seniors could be at risk of losing ‘the coverage they have now’ if these spending cuts take place.” <Source: Forbes>

The Affordable Care Act will save approximately $500 billion over the next ten years through reduction in extra subsidies paid to Medicare Advantage plans, reductions in the rate of growth in provider payments, and efforts to make the Medicare program more efficient and to reduce waste, fraud and abuse. These reductions will lead to corresponding savings for beneficiaries through lower copayments and premiums. <Source:>

Hear Barack Obama in his own words …

Obama In November 2009: Right, One-Third Of ObamaCare Funding Comes From Cuts To Medicare

ABC REPORTER JAKE TAPPER: “One of the concerns about health care and how you pay for it — one third of the funding comes from cuts to Medicare.”


But that’s not even the scariest part …

Your healthcare will be regulated by an appointed panel of 15 people who are not subject to Senate confirmation or any form of Congressional oversight. They are not subject to lawsuits or judicial review. And these 15 people, known as the Independent Payment Advisory Board are going to regulate healthcare by telling physicians, facilities and device-makers exactly what the government will reimburse and what is not covered. Fifteen people will determine which seniors live or die – unless they are independently wealthy or able to seek medical attention outside of the system, perhaps outside of the country. Or, in Sarah Palin’s words: a death panel.

Can it be more scary than this?


Medicine will be practiced by economics, Medicare will pay for the most common treatments which show results. For those that deviate slightly from the norm, reimbursement will be tricky. Those who might receive treatment modalities deemed “experimental” by the panel will see their procedures and drugs become non-reimbursable.

Bottom line …

Obamacare, which guts Medicare as we know it, is a clear and present danger to every senior citizen. Panels, not physicians will determine what treatment you will receive – and according to Obamacare, there will be an emphasis on “end-of-life” counseling for those beyond economical treatment means.

The democrats are busy trying to tell you that Obamacare enhances Medicare – and they are lying through their teeth. The are showing commercials of a republican, reportedly Paul Ryan, throwing granny over the cliff. But truth-be-told, the last thing they want any voter discovering is what is actually in the 2000+ page bill that no legislator read nor understood before voting. In the famous words of democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, “We Have to Pass the Bill So That You Can Find Out What Is In It.”

You cannot trust the democrats to tell you the truth about their power-grab disguised as healthcare insurance reform. Obamacare, which leaves much of its implementation to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, is a disaster for senior citizens.

Enough with the lying. Throw the democrats out and give Paul Ryan a chance to cut the waste, fraud and abuse in the system – something that has been tolerated by both parties for decades. It’s a crap shoot for seniors, but the democrats are all about saying or doing anything to gain or remain in power. At least the republicans are the odds-on favorite to preserve the existing system and reforming the system than incentivizes insurance companies for delaying or denying coverage until you die.


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