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Another Gotcha Moment: GAO Confirms Obamacare’s ‘Senior Swindle’

AMAC chief Dan Weber asks ‘just how far will he go to win a second term’  –  

BOHEMIA, NY, July 13 – “Jeff Anderson of The Weekly Standard has scored another scoop.  Last May, he exposed a hidden feature of Obamacare – a taxpayer-funded $8.5 billion scheme to cover up the likely loss of supplemental Medicare Advantage coverage for seniors.  Now, he’s gotten hold of a letter from the General Accounting Office that the GAO is concerned about the legality of what Anderson called ‘Obama’s Senior Swindle’,” said Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.

The president needs seniors to vote for him if he is to win re-election, Weber pointed out.  “That’s why he can’t afford to let them know that he’s tricking them. By using this so called demonstration project, Mr. Obama is delaying big increases in Medicare Advantage premiums until after the election. Otherwise many seniors will protest the expected increases by denying his reelection.”

Weber explained that the increases are the result of changes from provisions in Obamacare “and that’s why he’s willing to spend your big bucks to keep his little secret under wraps.  Just how far is he willing to go to win a second term?”

In his article this week in the Standard, Anderson writes: “in a letter to [Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen] Sebelius dated July 11, 2012 and obtained by THE WEEKLY STANDARD, Lynn Gibson, the GAO’s general counsel, writes that the GAO remains “concerned” about the administration’s “legal authority to undertake the demonstration.”

The demonstration referred to in the letter was described by Anderson this way in his May article: “[the administration] launched an $8.35 billion ‘demonstration project’ to postpone the vast majority of Obamacare’s Medicare Advantage cuts until after what Obama likes to call his ‘last election’.  In truth, this isn’t really a demonstration project at all. It’s something closer to the opposite: an attempt to keep Obamacare’s effects from being demonstrated until it’s too late for voters to respond.”

The GAO also questioned the scope of the demonstration project, according to Anderson, noting “that there have been 85 other Medicare demonstration projects conducted in the 17 years since 1995.  According to the GAO, Obama’s $8.35 billion gambit will cost more than all 85 other Medicare demonstration projects combined.

AMAC has posted Anderson’s article on its Website.


NOTE TO EDITORS: Dan Weber and Jeffrey Anderson are available for telephone interviews on this issue.  Please contact John Grimaldi at 917-846-8485 or [email protected] to set up a chat. 


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Maggie Jones
9 years ago

Will someone please tell me on what pages the death squads are on in the Obamacare. If I am reading the coments correctly my doctor has to go before a board of 8 doctors to determin if I live or die. It’s a simple request.

9 years ago

What’s the old saying,”you get what you paid for”. Those of you who wanted change never thought of the big dollars you had just to wind up with change. I tell everyone I meet that if you want to complain, then vote. I hope that everyone does just that, vote this election if you never vote again. Your real change depends on it. And before you vote, pray. Believe it or not, God still cares.

9 years ago

Was about to join AMAC until I read the hateful comments and deliberate distortions written here.

9 years ago
Reply to  karen

Karen – What are you talking about??? What hateful distortions and comments has AMAC written?

9 years ago

the gray panthers are needed oncemore

9 years ago

I have forwarded this on to all in my e-mail address book. Seniors could be a turning point in this election if they just get out and vote. It is truly sad how so many people have been and continue to be fooled by Obama. He is doing everything in his power to destroy our country. This fool has visited other middle east countries, but has not gone to Israel which is our ally. That is such a shame. I am most afraid for my children and my 2 young grandsons. What kind of future will they have to look forward to. The American dream is dying!

9 years ago

For many years this country – management and regular citizens – have been following the path that led Rome to destruction. Now because of greed and an elected president who goes around the laws when he doesn’t get his way we are even closer. Rather than respecting citizens who are enjoying retirement years, the government is looking for ways to eliminate them using age as a criteria for medical treatment.

Why did people not select the one presidential candidate who actually has lived life, who understands laws and rules and that everyone should follow them?

Why did they select an almost unknown man who can not even be honest about himself? Has acquisition of money become so important that laws don’t matter? Is it so important to be liked by everyone that negative action has to be hidden within an otherwise positive presentation?

Why can’t an office-holder be impeached? Is it because the immediate replacement is also incompetent? Or does the lazy populace really want a socialistic government

9 years ago
Reply to  Sue

Why can’t people see thru this phony. Look at him. He isn’t a negro, like a lot of people who voted for him thought. Look at his facial structures, compare him to his wife. He’s a Saudi – a Muslim, and he’s out to ruin the USA. We’ve had incompetence on both sides of the aisle for decades, but we’ve never had a president who’s deliberately trying to wreck the USA – this guy is. Think about this: The Qu’ran says that if you’re a devout Muslim and you convert to Christianity, you’re an Infidel and supposed to be killed. Obama was born a Muslim, raised a Muslim, schooled a Muslim, and just a few years ago he supposedly converted to Chrisitanity. If he truly converted to Christianity then why is he still alive?? Just a basic question among many, many more that are unanswered about this phony. How did a foreign student, poor as a churchmouse, come to this country, go to the best & most high-priced schools, then between his jr & sr years in college take a world tour visiting 5 different countries – who paid for that???. Then after graduation goes to very expensive grad school and upon graduating takes a job as a community organizer for @ $13,000 / yr, and soon after purchases a house worth $1.6 million. THE MATH DON’T WORK THE STORIES DON’T FIT – HE’S A PHONY – HE’S A PLANT – HE’S OUT TO TAKE DOWN AMERICA !!! AMERICA BETTER WAKE UP BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!!!!!

9 years ago
Reply to  Spike

i have read klein”s “amateur” and limbaugh”s “destroyer”, and your comment is right in there as a perceptive point of view. nice work. two bears.

9 years ago

Without MSM (ABC/CBS/NBC/CNN/MSNBC/PBS/NPR) along with NY Times, etc, Obama’s socialist Progressive minions in DC/Chicago/NY could not have their agenda pushed upon us and over the airways and in print 24/7 (as though it’s Truth). If you want to have an effect cut Obama’s communication lines!

We got a $200,000 a year corporate advertiser to stop using our liberal rag simply by emailing corporate “contact us” contact avenues. We just told them to spread their ad buys around and quit bankrolling this MSM’s outrageous daily lies. This corporate headquarters thanked us profusely. Just Do it!

Elizabeth JanePhillips
9 years ago

I think the nation needs to know that this guy wants a Socialistic/Progressive/Communist society where the government decides who gets to survive or di

Edwin Eller
9 years ago

Finally someone agrees wiyh what I;ve been saying even before he was elected.

Bob Smith
9 years ago

I for one am just afraid NOV. will be too late. He is signing treaties that we can’t get out of.

Sally Isenberg
9 years ago

I agree with Mr. Downen. AARP won’t be the only pig at the trough.
It makes me so sick when I hear about all those people lapping up all that BS that he dishes out on a daily basis and they contribute thousands to his endless campaign. He hasn’t said a word about all the people in Syria who have been murdered almost on a daily basis. He’s too busy soaking up the spotlight. He will do anything to win! I sure hope Romney comes out clean with this Bain Capitol thing. Obama’s thugs are really doing a number on him.

Duncan Monroe
9 years ago

There seems to be and endless list of lies, misrepresentations, distortions and raw abuses of power by this administration (it is hard for me to use the word “President”). What I now fear the most is the future being decided by an election being stolen by this administration that will stoop to the lowest level, pull any trick, tell any lie, smear any opposition to achieve their purpose. I can think of no greater threat to this country and a very clear and present danger to all we hold dear unless we stop this machine dead in its tracks….now!

Howard Wolf
9 years ago
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9 years ago
Reply to  Duncan Monroe

I couldn’t have said it better! This guy must go!

connie cravens
9 years ago

We as a country have never been subjected to such an apparent take over of our freedom our country. Americans shoud have had an idea of what was to come when they elected a man that no one knew anything about. And what was known was hidden by his people and the media. Now we know why the truth was hidden. It is not to late to repair the damage that has been done. And he has done much damage in the three and a half years he has “ruled”.
We need to get the respect of our country back and the only way is to stand up for what we believe in.
Truth, which obama does’t have in him, backbone , he lacks that also, and remember that the people in government are elected and work for US.
People we have to let others know that we and our country are in extreme danger of letting a man that hates not only our country but most of the people that live here, turn us into a third world country. That is his goal. He has already hurt our economy, our military, and he is going to destroy our health care.

9 years ago
Reply to  connie cravens

Connie the sad thing is I try to let people know half of what is going on. Democrats do not want to hear it. They think Obama is telling the truth and he is a wonderful man. That is the scary part I am sad to say.

Angela M. Rosati
9 years ago

All the lies the popular media avoids are in INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY. They despise obama. (lower case deliberate!) And many of us seniors do, too. When he was called a community organizer, I knew immediately he was and is a communist. How else can they destroy America successfully if not from within!!! College professors should be removed and give 20 years hard labor for brainwashing the college students who have no idea what communism is or how those unfortunate people have lived because of it. I remember seeing pix in the newspapers of Russian women standing on line to buy food….after the war had been over for many years! Is this enticing???!!!!!!!!!!!

9 years ago

Mr. Chambers AARP is not only a sales platform for OVERPRICED insurance they also lobby against the interests of seniors, those over 55??. Many of their written stories are tied into misinformation favoring types of insurance and companies advertising in their magazine. It in fact seems to me that the entire AARP is owned by United Insurance and is their entree into the over 55 population for marketing purposes. I have not had anything to do with them for 10 years. The new guys Amac do not seem to be dominated by anyone and are trying to inform their members instead of selling them one thing or another.

9 years ago

Seems to be confirmed that there are 21 new taxes [call that leeches] that will jump us once Obamacare is in full force. Has anyone determined what thery are and listed them to the light of day? Have heard that one of them is homeowners are going to get a real kick in the pants as one of those 21 leeches. When a home is sold there will be a 13% sales tax due the Federal government – all of which will be to support Obamacare – yeah – right! – say me such a law isn’t true.

Jerry Ballew
9 years ago
Reply to  B.McKenzie

The law is true, except the penalty tax for selling your home will be 3.8% and I believe that will be after the end of the year 2012. So hang onto your hat for the winds of taxation are forthcoming!!!!

9 years ago
Reply to  Jerry Ballew

Jerry, I have heard this from so many but have yet to actually find it in the bill. can you tell me where it can be found. I have many senior friends who say they will change the way they vote if I can show this to them. I dont bash anyone who doesnt deserve it, but this man is out to destroy what we have worked so hard to build. He is making America into the communist party we all fought so hard against.
Thank you

Bobby R Laverty Sr.
9 years ago

Don’t just cancel AARP do what I did call tell them you need the balance of your membership fees refunded. Got mine back.

Peter Meis
9 years ago

What is this, another web site where one’s comment may or may not show up?

9 years ago

I am NOT a fan of AARP, though I am a member. To me, it’s an “elderly” (55 years old is “elderly”?) insurance sales organization. heavily relying on the “beautiful people” of the liberal Hollywood crowd to hawk their wares. I am also a member of AMAC. Unfortunately, I see little difference between the two, EXCEPT AMAC does not have the “pull” of AARP.

9 years ago
Reply to  HermanChambers

Well Herman the predominant reason I joined AMAC was they, unlike AARP were against Obamacare from the get go, and AARP out and out lied about the benefits of Obamacare and I will never forgive them for selling out us elderly folks!

9 years ago

Where is the promise of transparency? It is really ironic that many senior citizens still believe in him.

9 years ago
Reply to  Manny

I am amazed at the number of people in general who have bought into Obama’s lies, deceit and manipulation. The single fact that he had long term ties to terrorist, radical, racist religious leaders was reason enough not to vote for him!! What in God’s name are people thinking? Young people are so taken with his charisma and eloquent speeches, and dare I say, there are SO many older people who are still mesmirized by the man! SNAP OUT OF IT PEOPLE! I am 57 yrs old and I fear that America as we knew and loved it, is being destroyed. I worry about the futures of my kids and first due in November. I pray that when my little grandson is born, I can say Obama was a one term “president”. God help us all.

bill wallace
9 years ago

just finished reading email concerning obamacare. how do we as seniors get this information out to the public. re what obamacare will due to seniors. our reps in congress are not helping us and romney has not covered this subject in depth in his campaign

totally disgusted senior

9 years ago
Reply to  bill wallace

I have printed out flyers and put them in seniors mail boxes and sent a few by mail.

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