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An $8 billion trick?
New York Post ^ | April 22, 2012 | BENJAMIN E. SASSE & CHARLES HURT

Posted on 04/23/2012 4:16:38 AM PDT by 1010RD

Call it President Obama’s Committee for the Re-Election of the President — a political slush fund at the Health and Human Services Department.

Only this isn’t some little fund from shadowy private sources; this is taxpayer money, redirected to help Obama win another term. A massive amount of it, too — $8.3 billion. Yes, that’s billion, with a B.

Here is how it works.

The most oppressive aspects of the ObamaCare law don’t kick in until after the 2012 election, when the president will no longer be answerable to voters. More “flexibility,” he recently explained to the Russians.

But certain voters would surely notice one highly painful part of the law before then — namely, the way it guts the popular Medicare Advantage program.

For years, 12 million seniors have relied on these policies, a more market-oriented alternative to traditional Medicare, without the aggravating gaps in coverage.

But as part of its hundreds of billions in Medicare cuts, the Obama one-size-fits-all plan slashes reimbursement rates for Medicare Advantage starting next year — herding many seniors back into the government-run program.

Under federal “open-enrollment” guidelines, seniors must pick their Medicare coverage program for next year by the end of this year — which means they should be finding out before Election Day.

[SNIP]

Making matters even more politically dangerous for Obama is that open enrollment begins Oct. 15, less than three weeks before voters go to the polls.

It’s hard to imagine a bigger electoral disaster for a president than seniors in crucial states like Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio discovering that he’s taken away their beloved Medicare Advantage just weeks before an election.

This political ticking time bomb could become the biggest “October Surprise” in US political history.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: levinlive; medicare; medicareadvantage; obamacare; obamaslushfund
Obama's using a HHS slush fund to hide the damage Obamacare does to senior's health care.
1 posted on 04/23/2012 4:16:40 AM PDT by 1010RD
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To: the invisib1e hand

He’s out of Cook County, IL. This is their type of trick. They breed ‘em extra dumb there.


3 posted on 04/23/2012 4:26:09 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: the invisib1e hand

While we’re at it, nuke the AARP too as they were all for Obamacare from the start.


4 posted on 04/23/2012 4:33:37 AM PDT by mc5cents
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To: mc5cents

Oh, and I live at 211 Pine St., Mayfield, OH. with my sons Theodore and Walter.


5 posted on 04/23/2012 4:39:43 AM PDT by mc5cents
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To: mc5cents

Which only shows they are more an insurance exchange than an advocate for seniors.


6 posted on 04/23/2012 4:44:31 AM PDT by wita
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To: 1010RD

This entire administration is a house of cards waiting to fall.

It is simply a matter if it falls before the vote.


7 posted on 04/23/2012 4:52:11 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: 1010RD
If the Supremes overturn Obamacare the Medicare Advantage program is unaffected and the 8b expense unnecessary, right?

Maybe that's why Obama or someone in the Admin said overturning Obamacare wouldn't hurt his reelection chances. He knew he had an ace up his sleeve either way.

8 posted on 04/23/2012 4:53:25 AM PDT by NEPA (Give me liberty, not debt)
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To: 1010RD

It can be argued that taking away Medicare is more than a political hazard to Obama. It can be argued that to do so would become a physical or even mortal hazard.

The proverbial straw, the bridge too far


9 posted on 04/23/2012 4:57:05 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: 1010RD
8 Billion? What's that? 3 trips to Spain?


10 posted on 04/23/2012 5:02:35 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: rawcatslyentist

Depends on how many advanced secret service have to go their and what their expenses are.


11 posted on 04/23/2012 5:07:57 AM PDT by palmer (Before reading this post, please send me $2.50)
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To: 1010RD
The lab in which I work has decided to try to get an ‘ISO’ designation.(It's a standardization designation) The governing body for this standardization level is in Switzerland. Why, oh why, did the ‘One Worlders’ vote for Obama??? Obamacare is at work every day changing our health care system. I am not sure we will be able to reverse all the Government control even if we take the Presidency, the Senate and retain control in the House this November.
12 posted on 04/23/2012 5:09:11 AM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: 1010RD

In Chicago politics, leading up to an election, this kind of payoff is called “walkin’ around money”. You can take the thug politician out of Chicago, but you can’t take the Chicago thug tactics out of the thug politician.


13 posted on 04/23/2012 5:20:58 AM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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To: originalbuckeye

Every entity that I have known that has sought an ISO rating has ultimately regretted the time wasted, and the expense of the venture. NOT worth it in the long run I have heard time, and again.


14 posted on 04/23/2012 5:26:58 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: originalbuckeye

The lab in which I work has decided to try to get an ‘ISO’ designation.... That horsepukey has been around even before O’Dummy. I’m not positive, but I think Bush the Elder. It stifles creativity and brings everyone on-line throughout the world (except third world countries, preferred countries and those who have paid off {who?}. It is sort of like JCAHO with Hospitals. You pay megabucks to an outsider to get accreditation to tell you you fail and need millions of bucks to get up to snuff. As though the gubbmint wouldn’t.


15 posted on 04/23/2012 5:35:01 AM PDT by Safetgiver (The predator class is upset because they are being shot.)
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16 posted on 04/23/2012 5:44:42 AM PDT by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-free zones are playgrounds for felons)
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To: 1010RD

My Dec 20, 2009 Letter to the Editor of the Charlotte Observer:

Has Anyone READ this bill?

Section 3209 of the Senate Health Care Bill allows the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) to bar senior citizens from purchasing private fee-for-service Medicare Advantage plans.

The bill also provides for a 15-member unelected “Independent Medicare Advisory Board,” given the task of ensuring Medicare expenditures meet budget goals. Should Medicare growth rates exceed these goals, the Board is required to act to reduce the shortfall.

Additionally, the Department of Health and Human Services would contract with an “entity” that is to “develop and identify consensus-based standards to evaluate patient decision aids for preference sensitive care. Grants and contracts would be awarded to develop these “patient decision aids”.

So we can’t pay for care we deem necessary and the government will spend tax dollars on grants to develop aids to convince us we are too old to want such care.


17 posted on 04/23/2012 6:10:31 AM PDT by illinifan (Vote Everyone Out!)
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To: mc5cents
"While we’re at it, nuke the AARP too as they were all for Obamacare from the start.

I get tons of stuff from AARP because of my long-ago canceled membership...it all goes in the trash.. ....except for all those prepaid mailing permit envelopes. I send those in....empty, thereby transferring money from the unworthy AARP to the (slightly) more worthy Post Office. It's my my own personal Post Office bailout operation, all without taxpayer funding.

18 posted on 04/23/2012 6:29:57 AM PDT by cookcounty (We need Newt. The Black Belt Jaw-jitsu Master!)
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To: mc5cents
"While we’re at it, nuke the AARP too as they were all for Obamacare from the start.

I get tons of stuff from AARP because of my long-ago canceled membership...it all goes in the trash..

....except for all those prepaid mailing permit envelopes. I send those in....empty, thereby transferring money from the unworthy AARP to the (slightly) more worthy Post Office. It's my my own personal Post Office bailout operation, all without taxpayer funding.

19 posted on 04/23/2012 6:30:44 AM PDT by cookcounty (We need Newt. The Black Belt Jaw-jitsu Master!)
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To: 1010RD

Not sure if it is related, but they are currently holding a number of “public information meetings” in various communities around here to preach the “benefits” of the Obamacare law. That’s right, still with the sales job even now.


20 posted on 04/23/2012 6:50:03 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: 1010RD

Bump


21 posted on 04/23/2012 7:12:43 AM PDT by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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To: palmer

“Depends on how many advanced secret service have to go their and what their expenses are.”

I heard that the Secret Service were lax in their protection of The 0. And the downside of that is??


22 posted on 04/23/2012 9:16:43 AM PDT by chooseascreennamepat (The response to 1984 is 1776.)
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G.A.O. Calls Test Project by Medicare Costly Waste
23 posted on 04/23/2012 4:55:08 PM PDT by thouworm (.)
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To: 1010RD; All; jazusamo

Have you seen the latest? Tactics of totalitarians...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2876001/posts

...coming at us faster than we think.

(thanks to FReeper jazusamo for posting the above link)


24 posted on 04/24/2012 2:58:07 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: PGalt; jazusamo

Yep, that article is on the same issue as this one. They’re tricky devils. It’s time to shrink their playground.


25 posted on 04/24/2012 3:13:27 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD
They’re tricky devils. It’s time to shrink their playground.

DEFUND socialist collectives, foreign and domestic.

DEPOPULATE socialists from the body politic.

live - free - republic

26 posted on 04/24/2012 4:53:30 PM PDT by PGalt
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