The Democrats are hoping to adopt the old saying, "it's easier to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission," as their motto for 2014.
Democrats promised seniors that even while they forced Obamacare upon the country, their Medicare services and benefits would be protected.
Out of pure incompetence or willingness to risk all their credibility (we will never know), Democrats slashed Medicare Advantage to pay for Obamacare. Because of their actions, seniors are being exposed to the ramifications
of Democrats' support of Obamacare. It comes complete with higher costs, limited choices and poorer coverage.
What's worse is that the same Democrats that voted to cut Medicare to fund Obamacare in 2009, voted the wrong way
on an amendment specifically to prohibit these cuts to Medicare Advantage in 2010.
Now, in a letter
to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid, Democrats admit they cut Medicare. They want seniors to trust them to fix the mess they created!
Amongst the signers of the letter are the most vulnerable 2014 Democrats: Kay Hagan, Mary Landrieu, Mark Pryor, Mark Udall, Jeanne Shaheen, Mark Warner; Jeanne Shaheen and Jeff Merkley.
“We write to raise serious concerns about the Medicare Advantage (MA) 2015 rate notice and the impact further cuts may have on the millions of individuals enrolled in the program,” the senators write. “We are strongly committed to preserving the high quality health plan choices and benefits that our constituents receive through the MA program. Given the impact that payment policies could have on our constituents, we ask that you prioritize beneficiaries’ experience and minimize disruption in maintaining payment levels for 2015.”
This from the folks who caused the cuts to happen in the first place. It would be almost laughable, if this wasn't such a serious issue for millions of Americans.
Nearly 15 million seniors nationwide (close to 30% of all Medicare beneficiaries) rely on Medicare Advantage plans for their Medicare coverage. Many of these are low-income seniors who choose these options because they can’t afford the Medigap policies that more financially secure seniors use.
In states like North Carolina, New Hampshire, Arkansas and Virginia, seniors on Medicare Advantage plans experienced cost increases and benefit cuts
of an estimated $50-60 per month as a result of this year's 6% cut to the program. Extra costs that many can't afford.
Up for re-election in November, vulnerable Democrats are changing their tune. After repeatedly deceiving seniors, they're now asking for their trust.
Tell the Democrats they've lost their credibility on health care. Instead of trusting them, we must work to dismantle the Obamacare train wreck.