- August 17, 2009
Obama's Health Care Whoppers
If you take the partisan blinders off, sometimes it gets downright scary.
At his town hall meeting on health care on Saturday in Colorado, President Obama told the audience:
"I just want to be completely clear about this; I keep on saying this but somehow folks aren't listening -- if you like your health care plan, you keep your health care plan."
That is, unless your health care plan is Medicare Advantage -- the private insurance options that almost one-fourth of seniors have chosen for their coverage under Medicare. Republicans enacted this choice for seniors, and many, many seniors have chosen one of these private insurance options because they get better benefits from it than from standard Medicare.
President Obama's health plan targets these Medicare Advantage private plans for $177 billion in cuts in what he misleadingly calls "subsidies"and "sweetheart deals for insurance companies that don't make anybody any healthier."At a minimum, these cuts will force these plans to cut back on the benefits they provide to seniors. Or the Medicare Advantage plans may just go out of business altogether, dumping all the seniors who have made that choice because they think they are getting a better deal from those plans.