Government Watch

Obamacare Severely Threatens Future of Medicare Advantage

by Andrew Mangione –

Today the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health held a critical hearing entitled, “ObamaCare Implementation Problems: More than Just a Broken Website.”  This hearing came on the heels of the White House’s completely disastrous rollout of its signature piece of legislation – the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – and the widespread technological failure of HealthCare.gov.

For more than a month now, the American people have been battered incessantly with ObamaCare horror stories.  From massive website shutdowns and “glitches” to the cancellation of millions of health care plans, ObamaCare has wreaked havoc on the individual lives and finances of millions of American citizens.  We now know that the President’s promise that said, “If you like your health plan, you can keep it…period,” was simply not true.

Unfortunately, lost in this debate have been mature Americans and seniors and how the ObamaCare “train wreck” is impacting this important – and often vulnerable – demographic.

Demanding an answer to this very concern, Georgia Representative Phil Gingrey, M.D. (R-11th District) raised the issue with Avik Roy, an expert witness testifying before the Subcommittee.  “What is the likelihood that seniors will lose access to their doctors and be forced to find new ones?” Doctor Gingrey asked.  In answer to the question, Mr. Roy truthfully conceded that, “this is an emerging and increasing problem.”

Alarmingly, Roy didn’t have good news for Medicare beneficiaries either.  To pay for ObamaCare, $716 billion was raided from Medicare – a significant portion from Medicare Advantage (MA) – a startling figure that has many concerned about the program’s future.  Rep. Gingrey noted that of the 47 million people who participate in Medicare, “25% of them choose MA” plans.  “What will happen to them?” he continued.  Roy responded with a clear – and frightening – answer:  “Fifty percent of MA enrollees will have to revert back to original fee-for-service Medicare.”

Roy’s testimony presents a stark contrast between what the President and Democrats have been saying about the ACA and what the reality of ObamaCare is quickly becoming.  Seniors could be forced to forfeit the MA plans they like for traditional fee-for-service Medicare; fee-for-service Medicare is often marked with less accountability, transparency and consumer choice – and more waste, fraud and abuse.

“The website IT problems are just the tip of the iceberg,” Gingrey stated in conclusion.  “Seniors need to be warned about what will happen to them, if it hasn’t happened already.  President Obama’s ‘tech surge’ isn’t going to give back health insurance to the millions of Americans who have lost plans they liked, it isn’t going to reverse the hundreds of billions in Medicare cuts that will force seniors to cut ties with the doctors they trust, and it isn’t going to remove the regulations and taxes that shackle main street job creation.”

The simple fact is that the ACA is undercutting seniors’ ability to make their own decisions regarding their health care – a dangerous reality for many older Americans as they attempt to evaluate the few choices they have left.  A reversion from MA to traditional fee-for-service Medicare will also raise out-of-pocket expenses and eliminate savings generated by MA.

Without a doubt, the points that Dr. Gingrey truthfully hammered in the hearing serve as a call and a warning on this issue, and AMAC will continue to press for more transparency and accountability from Congress and the White House, as implementation of this deeply flawed law continues to hobble along.  We understand that your health care is invaluable, and we will fight to protect your ability to make important personal choices about your coverage and benefits, to increase consumer choice, and to strengthen the doctor-patient relationship.

 

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yochanan heimeyer
6 years ago

We are so thankful for all the wonderful informative posts, we have learned so much and was not that aware of when the SSS had become a “slush fund”!

Our four children own their own businesses and have noticed the number of regulations that add to the deductions in net profit. They will have to lay off some of the laborers when they increase minimum wage as they are on a shoe string pennies margin and have worked very hard keeping costs down while marketing their product.

People don’t realize how government (city, state and federal) interference can make or break you’re profit margin. Government often times becomes the difference of whether you can pay yourself as much as you pay labor. We couldn’t imagine running their business like the government operate theirs. There is no accountability, as we all have seen. My children would go bankrupt with the waste, fraud. corruption and incompetence that are displayed by our government.

Look at all the scandals, of not just one but many, in this federal government. You might say that corruption is cultural in this administration. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely and this is descriptive of this president. Instead of leading by taking and making his case before Congress, he implements ‘executive POWER’, thereby taking control and making decisions by fiat. Why did we elect these people if not to represent us?! That is characteristic of a tyrant in a third world country.

And, who is going to control the direction of health care in individual lives? The IRS, and not the doctor!! And yes, Death Panels will be left to the bureaucrats decisions to rid society of the older generation. We better think about (or do we have to) who we vote for before it’s too late.

Thanks again for the many informative posts, we’re just venting!

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HAM
7 years ago

Senior Sue: thank you. I don’t have a Supplement & wasn’t able to go into much detail about them. For Seniors with major medical problems, a supplement may be cost effective. However, many Seniors can’t afford a supplement. That is one of the things I was trying to get this young man to understand.

He was so ANGRY because he thought ALL Seniors had FREE medical care and that he was subsidizing us. That seems to be a widely held opinion by younger people today. I sincerely hope he now understands a very large portion of them do NOT & will stop spreading that message.

Senior Sue
7 years ago

I have been reading the discussions regarding Medicare and Social Security on this site. I would like to respond to Ham’s statement that “after Medicare pays the determined amount, Seniors must pay the balance”. This is only partial true, in some cases.

Two Medigap supplemental plans ( F And G ) safeguard seniors from having to pay MORE than medicare approves.

For example : Let’s say you see a specialist, and he/she charges $ 300 for the visit. Let’s assume medicare determines the approved amount will be $200. They then pay 80% of the $200 = $160. Most supplements pay 20% of the approved amount ($200) = $ 40. A total of $200 will be paid to the physician for your visit. If you do NOT have plan F or G and if the specialist has not signed a contract with MEDICARE NOT TO CHARGE MORE , then yes, you owe money to the physician. You would owe 15% over what was paid by Medicare and your supplement. $100 was the balance in this case. Since your physician was paid $200, you would only owe 15% of the next $100 = $ 15

Under plans F and G – the supplement pays ANY excess charges over Medicare approval. Therefore, plan f and g would have paid the $40 AND the excess $15 to the provider. Only plans F and G supplementals pay this ! It does not cost that much more to have these plans, and it could save you so much headache and heartbreak !

In addition, there are now 8 states in which , ALL physicians, who accept Medicare patients MUST NOT charge the patient anymore than Medicare approves (80% of the approved amount plus the 20% the supplements pay).
these states are : Conn., Mass., NY., Pa., Ohio, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Minn. If you live there and NEVER travel to another state, you do NOT need plan F or G. If you travel to another state for a holiday or vacation, etc, you should have plan F or G. Plan F is usually offered by most insurance companies, G is not always offered. If you wish more information ,look up, the “MOM” law- Medicare Overcharge Measure.

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Physicians in ALL other states CAN charge MORE if they chose too. Be sure to ask whoever does the billing at your doctor’s office, if the doctor “accepts Medicare ASSIGNMENT”. Do not ask if he/she is a PARTICIPATING Medicare Provider. ALL THAT MEANS IS THAT THEY accept Medicare patients and will bill them for you. Only go to providers who say they ACCEPT Medicare ASSIGNMENT, or YOU are liable for 15% of any balance not paid by Medicare and your supplement – unless you have a Medigap plan F or G.!

Bear in mind that this excess charge applies to ALL Medicare Part B charges, that medicare does not pay 100% for ,not just physicians fees.Usually Clinical Labs diagnostic Services are paid 100% by Medicare.

I hope this helps to clear up the confusion.

Senior Sue

HAM
7 years ago

Your friends father might have a “Supplemental” Insurance policy. This is not paid out of Medicare coffers. Supplementals pay the balance that Medicare does not. In this case the insurance company would have gambled and lost.

Maybe your friend does not know the full details. Original Medicare does NOT have an out-of -pocket cap on what a Senior has to pay out of their pocket. Once Medicare pays the predetermined amount they will pay, the balance has to be paid by the Senior citizen.

The only other way it could have been paid for fully was if he is under Medicaid. I don’t know anything about that coverage.

I have enjoyed the “discussions”. I wish you well & be happy.

HAM
7 years ago

youngconservativerebel: didn’t see your other post referring to my parents leaving me a fortune. Sorry to disappoint but they weren’t rich. They were just your regular middle class who struggled to make ends meet. When they died there was no rich estate. Whether you believe this or not doesn’t matter, I was in the 5th grade before we even had an inside bathroom. My parents never did the gambling thing. They never had any spare money & would never have thought to waste money that way.

I don’t know where you have gotten the opinion that all seniors are rich (maybe TV which is make believe) but you are sadly mistaken. :)

youngconservativehero
7 years ago
Reply to  HAM

Look, I hear you and I sympathize. A middle-class lifestyle is reasonably comfortable for most things (look at how the third world lives), but it is one heart attack away from financial catastrophe. A friend of my father had complications due to a heart attack as soon as her turned 65, and the bill was half a million dollars. There is no way that a typical private insurance plan would have paid for that, given his age. But Medicare did! And all are happy! Me too! Except that I realize that in 15 years my private plan will not cover me for this.

I am just pointing out that the Medicare that you folks complain about so much is a sweet deal handed over to you by the force of government over my income. Atleast have the decency to admit it, and stop whining about the various cuts and premium hikes that you are seeing. Because these hikes are not enough to compensate for the outrageous wealth transfer that Medicare represents from my generation to yours.

Anyway, the only reason I came here for a reasonable discussion about Medicare was that this site touts itself to be a ‘conservative alternative’ to AARP. But, I think they mean ‘conservative’ in a foreign sense. I don’t know – maybe hating the gays, minorities, or other sundry ‘undesirables’? But certainly not conservative in any true sense of the word.

HAM
7 years ago

youngconservativerebel : This is a much better post than your previous ones so I am responding. I also at your age could not afford the deductions taken from my paycheck for SS & Medicare taxes. I could not afford to put money aside for retirement because I also had children & the same living expenses as you. Maybe cost of living was
lower but so were wages. Enough about that.

Social Security was not funded up front when at its inception in the 30’s. Each generation was expected to
pay for the previous generation. That is a fact and can’t be changed. It was ” undetstood” in each generation from that point we would have a SS income upon retirement. Medicare was added in the 60’s. We paid for that also & paid until we retired. Now your generation comes along, wants to move the goal post & change the rules. Fine, you have plenty of years left to make those changes for your generation.

Have you done any calculations to determine how much money would now be in the pot if Uncle Sam had kept their greedy hands out of the pot? I assume you know what pot I’m talking about.

By the way I am a grandMOTHER who worked full time my entire life. Call me names all you want. Words only hurt if you let them. I have my own opinions & don’t need for someone to tell me what those opinions should be.

Oh yeah, this administration took $716 BILLION out of Medicare & used it to pay for the people who are currently in or going into MEDICAID under Obamacare. Again this generation is being robbed & on top of that we are being told we just need to die. (I know you didn’t but trust me I have seen that comment on a blog ). Rather than blame Seniors it might be more productive to turn your anger toward the current administration. They are the ones who are bankrupting this country. You are a Consetvative and so am I. If we don’t want the Democrsts to remain in control we all need to work together to get this country back to the great country it has always been and can be again. We have our differences but I think we ultimately have the same goal. :)

HAM
7 years ago

Fred Altenburg: I agree with you. I would still like to know why some people:

IGNORE YOUNG ABLE BODIED ADULTS being on welfare, food stamps, Medicaid their ENTIRE LIVES, who have never paid any taxes to support these programs?

Why are they are ok with NON-citizens receiving food stamps? There are many more young adults on these programs than Senior citizens on Medicaid.

Why are they not demanding adults on public “assistance” be required to WORK to HELP support themselves and/or go to some kind of job training to give them the skills needed to better themselves?

Why are they not demanding NON-citizens not be eligible for food stamps?

Why are they ATTACKING Senior citizens INSTEAD?

As to SS & Medicare, Seniors are just receiving a return on their INVESTMENT.

youngconservativehero
7 years ago
Reply to  HAM

>As to SS & Medicare, Seniors are just receiving a return on their INVESTMENT.

No they are not. They are getting a boondoggle. Firstly SS paid for YOUR MOM AND DAD. (Except for the small OASDI component.) Look up ‘PAY GO’. Hopefully MOM and DAD left you the wealth they saved as a result of your social security taxes financing their old age. SS certainly will not be around for me, because of the boondoggle you are getting.

Secondly, your Medicare payments are nowhere close to where I need to pay for your medical care. The private insurance market is the correct arbitrer of what your premium should be, and not the Medicare price-control scam perpetrated by the force of gubmint that is driving doctors out of the business. In a true free market, the government would be out of the insurance business, so that the correct premiums could be charged to the oldies. If they cannot pay; too bad – they should have saved up and not gone on the gambling junkanoos I see everywhere around me.

Fred Altenburg
7 years ago

I understand why young people are upset about having to pay for my health care (through Medicare) and my social security benefits. After reading many of these post I realize that young conservatives are blaming the wrong people, ‘They should be directing their anger at all of the stupid people in Washington that have raided these programs for years and spent the money on other inept programs.

With employer and employee contributions and a modest investment return of 3% there would be enough money in these two programs to take care of all seniors and the current work force for many years to come. So please, do not blame the seniors that have paid into these programs for 40 or 50 years. We did not have a choice (as these payments were mandatory) and we were promised that the money would be there in our “Golden Years”. So, for many of us this was to be part of the income that we could count on as we worked and planned for our retirement. I do not believe for a second that there are many of us that would have paid into any government program if given a choice.

Frankly the government could fix this problem quickly with some of the money they use for foreign aid to our enemies. Unfortunately the current government is purposely bankrupting his country.

I understand that young people think they are being asked to pay to much for what they receive, so image how seniors feel after being taxed for 50 years and paying for medicare and supplements that cost 30% of their social security payments. I am also sure we are all going to feel much worse when we see what “Obamacare” health care will cost us and this nation.

youngconservativehero
7 years ago
Reply to  Fred Altenburg

No, we don’t have the money. While I appreciate that your are trying to put actual numbers behind your hypothesis (unlike HAM below who is simply parroting what he hears in the seniors’ echo chamber, blaming the usual irrelevant suspects), your calculations are wrong. The main reason being that medical costs AND life expectancy have increased so dramatically in the past decades, that what you put in, even with the 3% increase, is not even remotely close to what you need to pay for your insurance.

Medicare tax rate has never been more than one quarter of Social security tax rate. So, logically, your Medicare ‘check’ should not be more than one quarter of your social security check, whether the gubmint took your money or whether you invested it privately. Social security returns over the past decades have been more than your 3% return assumption. So, the Social security check you receive reflects exactly (or better) the investment returns you are assuming. My guess is that you get a check of $2400 per month for Social security. So, you should not get a Medicare ‘check’ of more than $600 per month. Look up private insurance policies for your age group. It starts at $2000 for Medicare level benefits at age 65. It rises to close to $4000 per month for someone age 75 for those benefits. Who is paying the remaining > 2000-600 = $1400? That’s right! I AM. That is why Medicare is expected to be insolvent by the time I retire. Because of our current batch of grubby seniors (I’m looking at you HAM)!

I despise Obamacare because it imposes the same premium controls on all old folks below 65 that you seniors have. Strangely, I have heard many 50+ people complain how they are getting shafted. Get a clue. Obamacare is a huge transfer of wealth from my generation to yours! That is why I think the Nash equilibrium in the future will see my generation voting for (true) conservatives, while your socialized generation makes a wholesale shift to the libtards. And good riddance I say!

PS: I actually do like old folks. HAM included (maybe). I just don’t like their hands in my pocket.
PPS: We spend 1% of our federal budget on foreign aid – most of it being just a giant subsidy to our favored corporations to buy their stuff. So, I don’t think these irrelevant talking points contribute anything to the solution.
PPPS: The proper foreign aid amount should be ZERO.

BRING BACK THE RON PAUL REVOLUTION!!!

Cathy
7 years ago

As a senior I can understand the frustrations that young people have today, but before you blame the seniors you need some facts. When we turned 65, our company told us that if my husband did not sign up for Medicare, we would lose the company’s supplemental policy. We had no choice to sign up as no insurance company would insure us as seniors.

Secondly, a lawsuit was brought several years ago by one of our former Congressmen Dick Armey and several others. They wanted out of Medicare as they said they could get better coverage in the private sector. They were told if they dropped Medicare, they would lose their Social Security. They argued that they were two separate programs, but the government would not back down. The case went to court, and went on until the court ruled in favor of the government.

If people had taken the funds they paid into Social Security and invested them, they would have had far more money than they receive monthly. Of course, this takes being responsible. My parents never had much money, and my mother only had Social Security to live on after my father died.My parents lived through the Depression, and my father lost $3,000 when the bank closed. He never got over that as he had worked and saved to see his money gone. I heard about that over and over as I grew up, and it made a big impression on me. Social Security and Medicare are Ponzi schemes, but they are running out of people to support them. The seniors are growing faster than the number of young people to pay into the programs.

When my husband and I married, we worked very hard to save and achieve. We both worked full time jobs, had a small child, he went to college at night, and we helped my father build a home for us as he was a carpenter. It was very hard with a lot of roadblocks, but we made it. My husband graduated with that piece of paper. All during our lives we have saved money even if it was only $5 per week.

I would be very happy if I were not on Medicare as I feel as though I am on welfare, but there is no way that we seniors would be covered for insurance. Obama has turned healthcare on its head in this country, and I am very concerned that we will face death panels through rationing of care. Due to government squandering and waste and abuse, Medicare is going bankrupt and so is Social Security. I would hate being a young person paying into this today as you are never going to get your money back. You might as well stand on the street and throw your money away.

I don’t know where all this is going to end up, but I believe that we will have two classes of people who will get healthcare in this country in the future: the rich and the rest of us. Many seniors support the Democrats, but if they open their eyes, the will find that it is the Democrats who are going to hurt them. I am a Republican and don’t always agree with them, but we have a better chance with them that the death panel Democrats. Throw them out in 2014. It is our only chance to stop this train wreck of Obamacare.

HAM
7 years ago

youngconservativerebel: Actually I WAS leaning toward RAND Paul but needed to investigate more about him. If you are an example of his supporters then I will definitely be rethinking that.

I will not be responding to any further posts from you as you don’t want to DISCUSS anything. Look up the meaning of discussion.

youngconservativehero
7 years ago
Reply to  HAM

Yeah. You love your Medicare benefits and you were leaning Libertarian??? The cognitive dissonance is strong in this one. Now you can go back to ignoring my posts.

HAM
7 years ago

We’ll young conservative hero, AMAC does stand for Assiciation for MATURE American Citizens. Are you sure you aren’t really a Liberal masquerading as a Consetvative. . After all, you can set up your name as anything you choose. I don’t see anything that even closely resembleing a DISCUSSION in your post.

Are you comparing Medicare to the private market prior to or after Obamacare?

It’s my understanding that a Medicare buy-in is low income Seniors who are eligible for MEDICAID. These people may only draw $600, $700 or $800 a month. Can you live on that? The MAJORITY of Seniors do NOT qualify for this buy-in (Medicaid) and our medical care is NOT free. We pay our premiums, co-pays & co-insurance just like you do. We have less coverage if we have to go see a specialist and the Co-pays for specialists is 3 times higher than when I had insurance through my job. My portion for a genetic prescription recently was $43 and Medicare only paid $16 for their portion. How do you rate that as free? There are many, many more things I could mention which we pay more. You are comparing APPLES to ORANGES !!

How do you feel about all the ABLE BODIED YOUNG people who are on MEDICAID? How do you feel about all the ABLE BODIED young people who draw WELFARE, get RENT SUBSIDIES & FOOD STAMPS? Let’s don’t forget the illegals who are getting FOOD STAMPS? Seniors taxes paid for all that free stuff out of our paychecks also.

We Seniors paid for OUR parents also our whole working lives.

By the way, a lot of Seniors have to pay income taxes on part of our Social Security. We already paid taxes on the income we contributed to SS & now we are paying taxes on that money again. I call that double taxation.

youngconservativehero
7 years ago
Reply to  HAM

That’s right! A “Get you gubmint hands off my Medicare” type “conservative”! Go read the budget sometime to see how you are leeching off me! You are the the reason why all these RINOs in Congress keep getting re-elected – so that you can keep suckling off the Medicare t. You are the problem. We will bring back the Ron Paul revolution and stop all special interest groups. No more Medicare! No more Socialized security. And definitely no more Medicaid leeches!

youngconservativehero
7 years ago

I came here because I thought this venue would have a reasonable discussion on an issue that has bugged me for many months, due to Obamacare. Why are seniors 70 years and 80 years old given free government healthcare (aka Medicare)?? Even the buy-in is only about $500 per month. In the private market, such people are charged upwards of $2500 for Medicare-like plans. Go look it up. I don’t think the ‘conservatives’ on this site have any clue about this. That is the true cost of Medicare!!! As a young conservative, it infuriates me that as a young healthy 30 year old male, I pay the same premium as a senior citizen on Medicare buy-in. Medicare taxes only account for $500 per month premium. So, our esteemed seniors should cough up the remaining $1600 per month premium, and STOP LEACHING OFF MY BACK. I DON’T HAVE ANY MONEY TO PAY FOR YOU. The kinds of comments I see on this site are what I would expect from AARP and other liberal groups. But all I see here is whining about how Medicare benefits are being cut. Get a clue! Medicare is socialism that is taking MY MONEY and handing it over to YOU. Atleast have the decency to acknowledge the handout, instead of begging for more! Conservative alternative to AARP indeed …

J Smoker
7 years ago

The pro side of ACA keeps claiming it is going to lower health care costs overall. I want an accounting of the total costs including the Health care site ” and the extra costs to repair it”, the extra HHS workers editing the law as we proceed with implication and the additional IRS employees enforce it, to be factored in to show the REAL SAVINGS.

Karen
7 years ago
Reply to  J Smoker

I agree that we to demand accountability on this act. Then we must demand action to repeal this act based on that this act does not do as promised but actually cost Americans more because of the administrative costs. We need to demand that the government allow the private sector some up with affordable solutions to medical insurance problems or better yet just allow the doctors to reduce the costs so everyone can afford to go them and to the hospitals. And no insurance policies will be needed. That won’t happen because then we will be in charge instead of companies and government.

HAM
7 years ago

Philip J Amato: A suggestion for # 5: I’m not sure it’s feasible for the people to vote on all major programs, expenditure plans or to programs proposed but it should be required that a bill MUST BE READ by ALL members of the House or Senate BEFORE it can be voted on.

Karen
7 years ago
Reply to  HAM

I agree.

Philip J. Amato
7 years ago

Reading all the negative comments about Obamacare, and the wholesale destruction it is causing, and the long term effects it will have on our health care system, I believe that we, the voters, must raise all kinds of hell with our elected officials. Deluge them with letters and E-mails, demanding that they must end this health care fiasco, and use the threat of losing your vote next November. Hell, just vote them out anyway. Most of them have been in Washington as long as the furniture, and are , bluntl5. t5he y, on the payroll of lobbyists and corporations, via the “campaign contributions”. We must demand that the following be put to a vote by the PEOPLE. 1. There must be term limits for all elected positions. 2. Congress must stop using Social Security funds as their personal piggy bank, whenever funds are needed to balance fictional budgets. 3.All lobbyists must be either banned, or controlled by their registering with a Govt. agency and they must declare just what they are lobbying a member of Congress or the Senate for. 4. All our largess to foreign countries should be controlled by an office of fiscal management, so we stop giving billions of dollars to countries that hate us, or to dictators to use buying weapons to wage war on their citizens. 5. The American people must have a better say in how our Govt. works by having major programs, expenditure plans, and any program proposed by either the President, Congress, or the Senate, be put to the vote of the people. After all, its our money they are spending. Remember; “Take pride Americans; At this time, we have the best Government that money can buy” Lets change that to having the best government of the people, by the people and for the people, Gee, where dir I hear that before?

Karen
7 years ago

The problem is they aren’t listening to us. They think they are the only ones with the answers to the nation’s problems. And the answer is to hit them where it hurts. Every time they institute policies that drive the budget or the economy higher, they must pay by reduced income or high fines. And vote them out in elections.

HAM
7 years ago

rhappleby, if you listen to news on ABC, CNN , CBS or NBC, or their affiliates you won’t hear very much negative about Obama. They are his lapdogs. The New York Times is still trying very, very hard to spin it so Obama doesn’t look so bad. The only reason you are hearing anything at all now is because so MANY people have been cancelled or premiums are going up extremely high including some media people. It’s just too big to ignore, as they have so much in the past, but now it’s affecting their pocketbooks too. All of a sudden they are upset that their “god” lied to them.

I too am amazed that many seniors voted for Obama or did not vote at all. From the posts here it’s obvious some of us are not happy with him. So if we aren’t happy we need to do something. We have a chance in 2014 to keep control of the House & gain control of the Senate. Get out & VOTE CONSERVATIVE. Convince your Conservative friends & neighbors to vote Conservative also.

Antony
7 years ago

We the people need to vote all politicians and demand term limits and only 1 term for a president!

Madeline Huffnagle
7 years ago

Medicare is being raided to pay for Obamacare, yes, with a great portion going to Medicaid. It is stunning to me the number of seniors who supported Obama in both elections.

youngconservativehero
7 years ago

You have no clue how much Medicare costs. You should be paying 4 times the amount you currently pay (if you do Medicare buy-in). Medicare is socialized medicine that is taking MY MONEY (young healthy male) and paying platinum-level medical costs for YOUR breast cancer screening or whatever. We young conservatives are fed-up of false old “conservatives” hiding behind conservatism to leech off my taxes. DEFUNDING MEDICARE is the correct conservative position, no piling on more goodies into that scam gravy train!

rhappleby
7 years ago

Jacqueline stated: “Then, Mr. and Mrs. Obama sent a $600,000,000 contract not to an American firm but to a Canadian firm (anti-Americans in the WH) that resulted in a total disaster and did not follow the law by getting 3 bids on a government contract.”

I do not understand why there is not more chatter about this lack of competitive bidding for this contract.

Town Crier
7 years ago
Reply to  rhappleby

Total agreement.
No bid, No transparency, and worst NO ACCOUNTABILITY.

Madeline Huffnagle
7 years ago
Reply to  rhappleby

I’m told that the Canadian firm that was hired is led by a friend of Mrs. Obama.

Jacqueline
7 years ago

Obamacare has pre-occupied our Public Servants attention in Washington for about 5 years now. The cash register is clanging on a bill that the American People DO NOT WANT. Then, this admin has stolen BILLIONS from Medicare to fund a terrible program that WE DO NOT WANT. Then, Mr. and Mrs. Obama sent a $600,000,000 contract not to an American firm but to a Canadian firm (anti-Americans in the WH) that resulted in a total disaster and did not follow the law by getting 3 bids on a government contract. In my opinion, this jerk in the Whitehouse has wasted billions of our money and we want him impeached and removed from office and we want Obamacare thrown out and NOT REPLACED WITH A SINGLE PAYER PROGRAM…….HANDS OFF OUR HEALTHCARE OR WE WILL REVOLT.

judy mulligan
7 years ago
Reply to  Jacqueline

I wish we could get everyone to agree to this. It is our only chance for freedom and to take back America. Everyone should have listened to the words that were not spoken and understood the actual meaning of what he was saying when he talked about change. Remember, he never said what it was.

Dave Benson
7 years ago

Andrew Mangione.

Thanks for reporting this. Could you provide a source or link to official committee records on this hearing in the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health? I have been talking it up in Facebook, and have been getting beaten up by my progressive friends there. I would like to reply with more than just a counter-opinion. Thanks for your work in covering this issue.

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