Democrats failed to inform seniors nearly half of Obamacare’s cost would be funded initially by taking more than $500 billion from Medicare. When this information was made public, Democrats promised the cost-shifting would not in any way lead to benefit cuts. In addition, they were told Obamacare would reduce the deficit and were told everyone could keep their doctors. If Democrats genuinely believed what they were saying, they obviously failed to factor into their quirky calculations that pesky little fact that Medicare reimbursement cuts to doctors would send them packing in droves, making it a bit tricky to use the same doctor if he or she no longer treats Medicare patients.
Medicare Advantage is a program that is used disproportionately by low-income and minority seniors,” said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of AAF and former head of the Congressional Budget Office. “It has been a program that has matched their preferences for getting Medicare. The kinds of plans that CMS likes, the four-star and higher plans, aren’t the ones that low-income seniors are taking up.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 59 million Americans lack health insurance at some time during the year. Lack of insurance results in lack of medical care, which will result in the premature deaths of at least 26,000 Americans this year, according to a 2010 study by Families USA. Under the Affordable Care Act, 36 million of the uninsured will gain coverage, but 23 million will still lack it.