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  • UnitedHealthcare to cut doctors for Mass. seniors

    06/08/2014 10:51:22 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 25 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 06/07/2014 | Tracy Jan
    National insurance giant UnitedHealthcare plans to cut up to 700 Massachusetts doctors from its physician network for seniors enrolled in its private Medicare plan as a way to control costs, according to company officials. For elderly patients enrolled in the plan, the cuts mean they will have to find a new doctor or eventually switch to a new health plan that covers their current doctor. The move, effective Sept. 1, follows similar cuts made by the insurer to its Medicare Advantage provider networks in 11 other states... There is also pending legislation in Congress to prevent health plans from cutting...
  • Obama’s new healthcare dilemma

    04/06/2014 3:36:03 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 33 replies
    the hill ^ | 6 Apr 14 | Jonathan Easley
    Democrats are battling the White House over proposed cuts to Medicare Advantage, creating a new divide on healthcare just as the party had begun to rally around ObamaCare’s 7.1 million enrollees. The issue threatens the newfound momentum Democrats have on healthcare after a late surge of ObamaCare enrollees surprised and electrified a party that had been beaten down after months of bad news associated with the healthcare law’s rollout. It’s particularly sensitive during an election year, as both parties court senior voters, who make up a disproportionate percentage of the voting population in midterm elections. The issue creates another...
  • Obamacare: California proving new health care law can work

    03/30/2014 9:24:25 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 32 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | 03/28/2014 | Tracy Seipel
    It's almost become a cliché: If the new health care law makes it here, it can make it anywhere. As thousands of California procrastinators try to beat Monday's midnight deadline to apply for a health care plan, they'll be joining more than 1 million others in the Bellwether State who already have enrolled through California's health insurance exchange. And another 2 million have been determined eligible for Medi-Cal, the state's program for the poor.
  • Hospitals Plot the End of Insurance Companies

    03/27/2014 10:13:38 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 100 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | Thursday, March 27, 2014 | Rob Garver
    The problems with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act may be masking another major change in the way health care is delivered to U.S. consumers, experts believe. At a conference in Washington on Thursday, health care and business professionals said that there’s an increasing trend in the industry toward cutting insurance companies out of the process entirely, as large, regional hospital systems move into the insurance business. Dr. Kenneth L. Davis, CEO and president of Mount Sinai Health System, the largest health care provider in the state of New York, said that starting next year, Mt. Sinai will begin...
  • Obama's Not-So-Secret War On Private Medicare Plans

    03/04/2014 5:44:54 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    Investors' Business Daily ^ | 3-3-14 | John Merline
    To say that President Obama is not an enthusiastic backer of the two Medicare programs that offer seniors private insurance options would be something of an understatement. Over the years, Obama has repeatedly derided Medicare Advantage — the program that lets seniors enroll in subsidized, private insurance. He once called it "wasteful," and said it amounted to "giveaways that boost insurance company profits but don't make (seniors) any healthier." Obama has been equally harsh when it comes to Medicare Part D — the drug benefit President Bush signed into law that relies on privately run plans. In his 2006 book,...
  • Insurers: Medicare Advantage cuts cost seniors $900 per year

    03/02/2014 8:51:20 AM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/27/14 | Elise Viebeck
    The health insurance industry fighting proposed cuts to Medicare Advantage payments argued they will raise seniors' out-of-pocket costs next year. America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), a trade group, blasted the reductions with a report Thursday finding that beneficiaries could pay as much as $900 more in 2015 if the cuts take effect. The report by consulting firm Oliver Wyman concluded that Medicare Advantage (MA) plans could see a 5.9 percent total cut to their payments next year as a result of changes proposed by federal health officials. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) floated a 2015 cut of...
  • U.S. Proposes Cuts to Rates in Medicare Payments

    02/24/2014 8:38:05 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 21, 2014 | ROBERT PEAR
    The Obama administration on Friday proposed cuts in Medicare payment rates for managed-care plans serving more than one-fourth of all beneficiaries, and Republicans immediately pounced on the proposal, which appears likely to become a significant issue in this year’s midterm elections. The proposed reductions were larger than the administration had indicated in guidance given to the insurance industry in December. Jonathan Blum, a top Medicare official, cited the “historically low growth in Medicare per capita spending” as a reason for the proposal. But Republicans said beneficiaries would suffer as a result of the cuts, which they traced to the Affordable...
  • Medicare Advantage plans may face cuts

    02/22/2014 8:05:31 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 22, 2014 3:52 AM EST | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    Cuts are on the table next year for Medicare Advantage plans, the Obama administration says. The politically dicey move affecting a private insurance alternative highly popular with seniors immediately touched off an election-year fight. The announcement gave new ammunition to Republican critics of President Barack Obama’s health care law, while disappointing some Democratic senators who had called on the administration to hold rates steady. Insurers are still hoping to whittle back the cuts or dodge them altogether. …
  • ACA: Wrong Direction for America's Seniors

    01/09/2014 12:48:35 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 9, 2014 | Hector Barreto
    Words matter. “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your healthcare plan, you'll be able to keep your healthcare plan, period,” President Obama said during a speech to the American Medical Association in June 2009. Honoring your commitments is the cornerstone of trust in our leaders. The American people won’t accept illusions or misdirection’s. That’s why its troubling that because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare, Medicare will be cut by $1.05 trillion, 6.3 million Americans have lost their healthcare coverage since its implementation and millions more stand...
  • Medicare Advantage patients helpless as their doctors get dumped

    12/02/2013 11:59:12 AM PST · by The Old Hoosier · 20 replies
    Conservative Intel ^ | 12/2/13 | David Freddoso
    Remember those Medicare cuts that the Democrats and the White House used to make Obamacare appear budget-neutral on paper? The ones that Republicans somewhat hypocritically railed against during the 2010 election cycle? Well, that didn’t make the cuts any less real. So add 14 million more people that Obama lied to — er, “misspoke” to — with his famous “you can keep it” promise...
  • Obama Breaks 'Keep Your Doctor' Promise With Seniors

    11/27/2013 4:40:07 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 15 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/26/2013 | John Merline
    Nearly four in 10 seniors worry ObamaCare will cause them to lose doctors they like, despite President Obama's repeated promise to the contrary, according to the latest IBD/TIPP Poll. That translates into nearly 16 million people age 65 and over. Their concerns appear to be justified. Many seniors are, in fact, already losing access to their doc tors, and more than half a million are losing access to plans they liked this year, as $200 billion in ObamaCare-mandated cuts to the popular Medicare Advantage program start to take effect. Earlier this month, seniors learned that UnitedHealth (UNH) is dropping thousands...
  • Thousands of Doctors Dropped by Insurer After Obamacare Funding Cuts

    11/16/2013 1:58:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 16 Nov 2013 10:39 AM | (Newsmax Wires)
    UnitedHealth Group has dropped thousands of doctors from its networks in recent weeks, leaving many elderly patients unsure whether they need to switch plans to continue seeing their doctors, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday. The insurer said in October that underfunding of Medicare Advantage plans for the elderly could not be fully offset by the company’s other healthcare business. The company also reported spending more healthcare premiums on medical claims in the third quarter, due mainly to government cuts to payments for Medicare Advantage services. …
  • 4 keys to scrutinizing Medicare Advantage cuts

    11/13/2013 2:51:02 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 2 replies
    Monterey Herald ^ | 11/13/2013 | Tom Murphy
    Ominous warnings about Medicare Advantage plans have sounded for more than a year now. Health insurers say federal funding cuts to these privately run versions of Medicare will force them to whack plan benefits, hike premiums or leave some geographic markets entirely as they continue to fight rising health care costs. The government is paring back the money it provides for this coverage as part of its effort to fund the health care overhaul, which aims to cover millions of uninsured people. Plan changes are starting to crystallize for Medicare Advantage customers who are about a month into the annual...
  • Blame game as insurers dump doctors (Another Obama lie. No you can't keep your doctor.)

    11/10/2013 5:30:35 PM PST · by tobyhill · 39 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/9/2013 | By Carl Campanile
    Let the blame game begin over ObamaCare’s oversights. The nation’s largest health insurer, UnitedHealthcare, claims the Affordable Care Act is responsible for forcing it to boot doctors from its Medicare Advantage program that serves thousands of elderly patients in the New York metro region. CEO Jack Larsen, under fire for separating seniors from their MDs, took out full-page ads to explain that cuts in Medicare spending forced the ­insurer’s hand. “We are working to collaborate with a more focused network of physicians to help us provide higher quality and more affordable health care coverage to meet the needs of our...
  • Blame game as insurers dump doctors

    11/09/2013 7:35:06 PM PST · by Mike Darancette · 34 replies
    New York Post ^ | 11/9/2013 | Carl Campanile
    Let the blame game begin over ObamaCare’s oversights. The nation’s largest health insurer, UnitedHealthcare, claims the Affordable Care Act is responsible for forcing it to boot doctors from its Medicare Advantage program that serves thousands of elderly patients in the New York metro region. CEO Jack Larsen, under fire for separating seniors from their MDs, took out full-page ads to explain that cuts in Medicare spending forced the ­insurer’s hand.
  • Seniors lose insurance and doctors under Obamacare [Thank you, AARP /sarc]

    11/08/2013 6:43:37 PM PST · by markomalley · 47 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/8/2013 | Evan Gahr
    Retired chemist Edward Schokowitz was incredulous when he received a letter from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey early last month saying his Medicare Advantage Plan, which had no premium, would be eliminated next year.“They took all the senior citizens and threw us out of the plan. They now want to give us the same plan for $153 [per month],” he told the Daily Caller. “The President said you can’t be kicked out of your plan. He lies.”Schokowitz is one of many Medicare beneficiaries now learning that — like Americans who buy insurance on the individual market —...
  • The 'you can keep your doctor' lie starting to hit Medicare recipients

    11/04/2013 7:23:27 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 60 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Nov 4, 2013 | Thomas Lifson
    The firestorm over President Obama's blanket false assurances on Obamacare is only going to intensify, as more groups discover they have lost either their coverage or their doctor thanks to the health insurance changes imposed on the country without a single Republican vote. One of the biggest, yet so far almost completely ignored, changes is the looting of Medicare to pay for Obamacare. Now, it is starting to hit home. Evan Gahr of the New York Daily News recounts a story that will soon become very common among America's senior citizens: Obamacare has a new message to seniors: Take two...
  • United Healthcare dropping many doctors from Medicare Advantage plan

    10/19/2013 7:11:40 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    Naples News (FL) ^ | October 19, 2013 | By LIZ FREEMAN
    NORTH NAPLES — United Healthcare is dropping hundreds of doctors from its Medicare Advantage plans in Southwest Florida, local physician medical societies say. The effective date is Jan. 1 for doctors affected to no longer be part of the network. ... Worse, she said, is that doctors aren’t being told why they are being dropped. Donahue said she’s trying to put together a list of the doctors and she knows that hospital-employed physicians aren’t affected, while it seems like smaller group practices are being targeted. “We are guessing it is cost-cutting,” she said. “We cannot discern anything else because some...
  • Political intelligence firms set up investor meetings at White House

    05/27/2013 1:58:49 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 26, 2013 | By TOM HAMBURGER
    Wall Street investors hungry for advance information on upcoming federal health-care decisions repeatedly held private discussions with Obama administration officials, including a top White House adviser helping to implement the Affordable Care Act. The private conversations show that the increasingly urgent race to acquire“political intelligence” goes beyond the communications with congressional staffers that have become the focus of heightened scrutiny in recent weeks. White House records show that Elizabeth Fowler, then a top ­health-policy adviser to President Obama, met with executives from half a dozen investment firms in 2011 and 2012. Among them was Kris Jenner, a stock picker with...
  • Medicare Advantage patients could see bills rise next year

    04/01/2013 4:08:26 PM PDT · by Jean S · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/1/13 | Jen Christensen,
    (CNN) -- Millions of Americans who get their health insurance through the Medicare Advantage plan could soon be paying more for coverage, according to an announcement expected Monday. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will announce on Monday the final Medicare Advantage rates for 2014, which are expected to be cut, saving the government money -- but potentially costing the public more.CMS had initially proposed a 2.3% reduction in what the government pays the insurance companies that provide the plans. Upset by that scenario, the insurance companies have spent the public comment period time lobbying legislators and running...
  • Facts Are Stubborn Things [flag@whitehouse.gov]

    08/04/2009 3:45:39 PM PDT · by Cindy · 554 replies · 8,546+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.gov ^ | 6:55 AM | Posted by Macon Phillips
    THE BRIEFING ROOM • THE BLOG THE BLOG TUESDAY, AUGUST 4TH, 2009 AT 6:55 AM Facts Are Stubborn Things Posted by Macon Phillips Opponents of health insurance reform may find the truth a little inconvenient, but as our second president famously said, "facts are stubborn things." Scary chain emails and videos are starting to percolate on the internet, breathlessly claiming, for example, to "uncover" the truth about the President’s health insurance reform positions. In this video, Linda Douglass, the communications director for the White House’s Health Reform Office, addresses one example that makes it look like the President intends to...
  • Stunner: ObamaCare-supporting Congressman suddenly not so sure you can keep your insurance after all

    02/22/2013 10:15:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/22/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Are you as shocked as Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY)? Somehow, I rather doubt it, and I don’t think Jason Mattera is as surprised as the front-page pic suggests, either. Confronted with the new CBO analysis that shows more than seven million Americans will lose their present health-insurance coverage from ObamaCare despite his repeated assertions that no one would lose their coverage, Rep. Engel tells Jason in this Andrea Tantaros Show video debuting exclusively at Hot Air that Congress can always go back and fix what's not working.Funny --- Jason doesn't recall that being mentioned as an option, and neither do...
  • Here Comes The Boom: CMS Slashes Medicare Advantage; 'Disarray For Many Seniors'

    02/21/2013 5:41:43 PM PST · by Lorianne · 7 replies
    Forbes ^ | 19 February 2013 | Avik Roy
    Though Democrats denied it during the 2012 campaign, Obamacare cut Medicare by $716 billion in order to partially fund $1.9 trillion in new entitlement spending over the next ten years. A big chunk of those Medicare cuts came from the market-oriented Medicare Advantage program. Cleverly, the Obama administration postponed the Medicare Advantage cuts until after the election, so as to persuade seniors that everything would be just fine. But the election is over. On Friday, the administration announced that it would be significantly reducing funding for the popular program. Obama’s proposal, according to one analyst, “would turn almost every plan...
  • White House unveils awaited Affordable Care Act profit margin rule

    02/16/2013 7:20:45 PM PST · by Libloather · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/16/13 | Ben Goad
    A proposed federal rule to cap profit margins for certain health insurance plans and prescription drug benefit programs is now available for review. The latest in a raft of rules required by President Obama’s landmark healthcare law, the proposed rule was drafted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and sent to Pennsylvania Avenue on Thursday. The White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) is moving quickly to issue the proposal, which will hit the Federal Register on Tuesday. That begins a 60-day comment period. CMS will consider all comments before finalizing the rule. The 116-page...
  • The Baehr Essentials (Obama reelection)

    04/24/2012 12:43:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Richard Baehr
    ~snip~ 2. It is pretty apparent that the Obama Administration will do pretty much anything to get Obama re-elected. But this takes the cake: $8 billion of federal money from the Department of Health and Human Services that is available for experiments, will instead be used to extend the Medicare Advantage program that ObamaCare would have curtailed. Medicare Advantage is a program very popular with seniors, and the money shuffling will extend the program through the date of the elections. An experiment to judge a program that is already in effect? huh? The cuts in Medicare Advantage were part of...
  • Obama's $8.3 Billion Re-Election Slush Fund

    04/23/2012 4:42:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April23, 2012
    Medicare: Backers like to say the more people know about ObamaCare, the more they'll like it. So why is the administration spending $8.3 billion to hide a key provision from millions of seniors until after the election? That's precisely what administration officials are doing right now as a way to mask the effect of ObamaCare's deep cuts to the popular Medicare Advantage program. Championed by Republicans in 1997, Medicare Advantage offers seniors an escape valve from the creaky, government-run Medicare insurance program. The idea was that private insurance companies could better manage costs than the government's own top-down insurance plan,...
  • An $8 billion trick?

    04/23/2012 4:16:38 AM PDT · by 1010RD · 25 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 22, 2012 | BENJAMIN E. SASSE & CHARLES HURT
    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...
  • Shocker: AARP Gets An Obamacare Waiver

    05/20/2011 7:26:06 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    sa ^ | May 20, 2011 | Rob Port
    Outside of the unions, there was perhaps no group more ardent in its support of Obamacare than the AARP. The advocacy group spent $121 million on advertising in favor of Obamacare, and millions more lobbying for it on Washington DC. But now AARP’s insurance business, Medigap which competes with Medicare Advantage (a program AARP lobbied to have hamstrung by OBamacare), just got a waiver from complying with the law. ... Keep in mind, again, that AARP is set to rake in billions in profits now that Obamacare has effective knocked Medicare Advantage out of the market.
  • Obamacare Sticker Shock: Taxing Over 15,000 Medicines

    10/14/2010 6:42:43 AM PDT · by kristinn · 46 replies · 1+ views
    Human Events ^ | Thursday, October 14, 2010 | Connie Hair
    Nancy Pelosi warned us we’d have to pass Obamacare to find out what’s in it. And what we’re finding we don’t like at all. Higher insurance premiums are hitting families hard. Medicare Advantage has been decimated. Millions will be forced into government-run Medicaid where long lines and rationing await. If we like our insurance -- too bad. Beginning January 1, 2011, more than 15,000 over-the-counter (OTC) health care items will require a prescription (and that means a doctor’s visit) for tax-free reimbursement. Under Obamacare, OTC drugs cannot be reimbursed tax-free from Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) or Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)...
  • CONGRESS MUST REPEAL OBAMA'S HEALTH-CARE RATIONING PLAN

    06/23/2010 2:47:07 AM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies
    KANSAS CITY.com ^ | Posted on Sun, Jun. 20, 2010 10:15 PM Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2010/06/20/2031634/congr | by Senator Pat Roberts
    AS I SEE IT Congress must repeal Obama's health-care rationing plan By SEN. PAT ROBERTS Special to The Star SNIPPET: "U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, a Republican from Dodge City, Kan., is a member of the Senate Health and Finance committees. He voted against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." SNIPPET: "It has scarcely been three months since the new health reforms, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), were signed into law. Unfortunately, as I and many of my colleagues predicted, the promises made to the American people by the president and the majority are already unraveling. The...
  • Medicare and Double Standards - An ObamaCare mailer tells some howlers

    05/28/2010 9:30:49 AM PDT · by MissesBush · 5 replies · 472+ views
    In the full-circle department, recall the moment last September when Senator Max Baucus and Medicare went after the insurer Humana for having the nerve to criticize one part of ObamaCare. It turns out those same regulators have different standards for their own political advocacy. This week Medicare sent a flyer to seniors, ostensibly to inform them of what ObamaCare "means for you." Many elderly Americans are worried—and rightly so—about where they'll rank in national health care, given that the new entitlement is funded by nearly a half-trillion dollars in Medicare cuts. They must have been relieved to hear that "The...
  • Changes to Medicare Advantage

    05/09/2010 11:11:54 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies · 583+ views
    wsj ^ | MAY 9, 2010 | ANNE TERGESEN
    With Medicare, individuals must choose one of two paths: original fee-for-service Medicare, or a federally subsidized private Medicare Advantage plan, which typically operates like a health-maintenance or preferred-provider organization. Over the next 10 years, the new health-care law will divert some $132 billion from Medicare Advantage... This has sparked concern that these plans may reduce benefits, raise premiums, or both. Also starting in 2011, Medicare Advantage participants who want to switch to another Advantage plan will have to do so in Medicare's six-week annual election period from Nov. 15 to Dec. 31. Previously, participants also were permitted to make a...
  • Michael Tanner: 'Fearmongers' were right about Obamacare

    05/03/2010 8:53:48 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies · 1,221+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | May 3, 2010 | MICHAEL TANNER
    The ink was barely dry on President Barack Obama's signature before the RAND Corp. released a report concluding that, not only would the hard-won health care package fail to curb health insurance premium increases, but the bill itself would drive premiums for young people up as much as 17 percent. This should not have been a surprise: the Congressional Budget Office had already warned that the plan would do almost nothing to reduce premium hikes. And when New York implemented the same type of insurance reforms in the 1980s, it led to an increase of nearly $500 per year for...
  • The White House Blog: Care for America’s Seniors

    04/27/2010 5:56:14 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies · 420+ views
    Whitehouse.gov ^ | April 27, 2010 | Dan Pfeiffer, Communications Director
    It’s a favorite talking point among opponents of reform that the new health reform law will threaten Medicare or weaken guaranteed benefits for seniors enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans – when the truth is that law strengthens Medicare and overall health care for our seniors. When it comes to Medicare Advantage, the new law simply puts these privately-administered plans on equal footing with traditional Medicare by cutting wasteful subsidies that pad insurance company profits. More broadly, the health reform law signed by the President strengthens Medicare by taking aggressive new steps to fight waste, fraud, and abuse within the system...
  • Louisiana Purchase And Omaha Stakes (Nelson Sells Out)

    12/21/2009 6:24:17 PM PST · by raptor22 · 32 replies · 1,754+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 21, 2009 | IBD editorial staff
    Politics: Sen. Mary Landrieu was the new "Louisiana Purchase." Sen. Ben Nelson got the federal government to pick up his state's future Medicaid tab. Maybe we should just put Senate votes up on eBay. Nelson, the 60th vote in the middle-of-the-night Senate party line vote on health care reform, will go down in American political history as the inventor of the permanent earmark. His seemingly principled stand against including federal funding for abortion evaporated like the morning dew as he decided to take what was behind door No. 1. The deal for Nelson includes special Medicaid funding for Nebraska, along...
  • Insurer Gagged, AARP Rewarded

    09/24/2009 4:38:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies · 1,334+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 24, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Free Speech: The Senate votes against transparency as the administration silences a private insurer for exposing the president's health care proposal. Meanwhile, AARP is allowed to tout reform as it awaits payday. We weren't surprised when the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday voted 12 to 11 against allowing two weeks for the Congressional Budget Office to complete its cost analysis of the health care bill pushed by Montana Democrat Max Baucus and to put the bill online in its original wording. Instead, the Senate panel passed another amendment to require the committee to post the full bill online in "conceptual"...
  • Geezers With Pitchforks Vs. The AARP

    08/07/2009 6:08:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 86 replies · 3,707+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 7, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    IBD Exclusive Series: Government-Run Healthcare: A Prescription For Failure Discourse: At a town hall last week in Dallas, an elderly "mob" with "manufactured" outrage questioned AARP's support for nationalized health care, asking: "Do you work for us or do we work for you?"There were no swastika-wearing grannies at Tuesday's meeting, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi might claim. Nor were they "taking their cues from talk show hosts, Internet rumor-mongers . . . and insurance rackets," as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said. But they were mad as hell at the perception that AARP was selling them out in the...
  • Medicare Advantage Under Siege

    09/23/2009 12:38:27 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 17 replies · 943+ views
    http://www.radioviceonline.com ^ | September 23, 2009 | Jim Vicevich
    The one said you could keep your insurance if you like it. The SOS blew that one out the water months ago … Now we find the promise doesn’t even apply to folks who supplement benefits with private insurance on Medicare Advantage programs.
  • Medicare Advantage consumers will lose benefits:screwed

    09/24/2009 4:57:01 AM PDT · by no-llmd · 2 replies · 398+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 9-23-2009 | Ed Morrissey
    Elmendorf quantifies the amount of benefits lost. Medicare Advantage plans are bought by Medicare patients to extend benefits and coordinate with Medicare. The only reason to purchase them in the first place is to get better coverage than what Medicare provides. Arguing that people won’t lose anything because Medicare requires insurers to meet the same requirements as Medicare is a big red herring. MA consumers will lose a significant amount of extended benefits, for which they pay premiums.
  • If You Like Your Medicare Advantage.....

    09/22/2009 11:45:46 AM PDT · by no-llmd · 3 replies · 332+ views
    Ace of Spades ^ | 9-22-2009 | Drew M
    Obama Administration Threatens Health Insurance Company For Deviating From Approved Thoughts —DrewM. Dissent is the highest form of shut your mouth or else. The Humana mailer focused squarely on the Medicare Advantage program. "While these programs need to be made more efficient, if the proposed funding cut levels become law, millions of seniors and disabled individuals could lose many of the important benefits and services that make Medicare Advantage health plans so valuable," it said. It urged seniors to sign up with Humana for regular updates on the health care legislation, and encouraged them to contact their lawmakers in Washington....
  • Joe Wilson's War

    09/14/2009 6:01:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies · 2,125+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 14, 2009
    Discourse: The reaction to the congressman's outburst shows what happens when you judge this president by the content of his character. In a post-racial presidency, charges of racism are the new last refuge of scoundrels.When Joe Wilson, the decorum-challenged South Carolina Republican, reacted to President Obama's assertion that there was nothing in health care legislation giving coverage to illegal aliens by shouting "You lie!" he knew, as his critics ignore, that there was nothing requiring proof of citizenship either. A nonpartisan Congressional Research Service study found that the House health care bill at that moment did not restrict illegal immigrants...
  • Obama's Medicare Lies: Proof

    09/11/2009 11:20:43 AM PDT · by ElenaM · 18 replies · 1,160+ views
    09/1/2009 | ElenaMarie
    Wednesday night Obama stated that the $500 billion he wants to take from Medicare will NOT result in any reduction in Medicare benefits. This is an out-and-out lie and I’ll prove it. I am a business systems analyst for the largest health claim processor in the country, and the third largest data warehouse in the world. My job is to ensure that our computer systems meet the business’ needs, thus I've have six years' experience in the regulatory, technical and business aspects of health insurance. Background on Medicare Advantage (Med Adv) Medicare Advantage was created in 1997/2003 to address...
  • Rove: The electoral consequences of killing Medicare Advantage

    08/27/2009 3:57:38 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 7 replies · 1,106+ views
    HotAir.com ^ | August 27, 2009 | Ed Morrissey
    Over the past few weeks, I’ve written about Barack Obama’s plan to kill Medicare Advantage, a successful public-private partnership that extends benefits and access for Medicare patients, in order to pay for the overhaul of the American health-care system. We have personal experience with Medicare before and after buying into the Advantage program (which requires monthly premiums above those of Medicare Part B and D) and understand its value. Karl Rove looks at the electoral consequences of killing the program, to which 20% of all Medicare recipients belong, and warns that it could cost as many as 23,000 votes per...
  • Lies, lies and more lies

    08/16/2009 2:52:19 AM PDT · by Scanian · 16 replies · 1,448+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | August 16, 2009 | David Hass
    President Obama's lies in Montana were the most egregious falsehoods since Bill Clinton said "I did not have sexual relations with that woman". The current President was asked how the government is going to pay for the $1 trillion in new health care expenditures under HR 3200. Watch the video here. Part of the President's answer included blaming a previous administration. Oh no, he's not blaming Bush again, is he? Well, as it turns out, the previous administration was Bill ("depends on what the meaning of is is") Clinton's. The current President claims that we can save $60 billion per...