no benefits cut
one hundred to zero
medicare funding will be cut and it will affect those on medicare to some degree. what that will be, i don't think we know yet.
Improvements to Medicare
Aside from the pledge to close the infamous doughnut hole, the Senate measure would also improve Medicare by providing free preventive and wellness care, increasing home care options and establishing bonus payments to reward medical professionals who provide the best quality care. The emphasis on incentives for quality care and the new wellness and preventive screening would give Medicare a new, active role as a health care advocate, not just a bill payer.
“Health insurance will be extended to tens of millions of people, and that puts us much closer to the standard of health coverage that exists among all the advanced industrial nations,” says Robert Binstock, a political scientist and professor of aging, health and society at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland. Binstock directed a White House task force on older Americans for President Lyndon Johnson, shortly after Johnson signed legislation creating Medicare and Medicaid. “This is clearly a major landmark achievement.”
The Senate bill would strengthen Medicare by requiring insurance companies to competitively bid to offer private Medicare Advantage plans, a move that is estimated to save $118 billion from 2010 to 2019. Currently Medicare beneficiaries are subsidizing enrollees in these plans, which cost an average of 14 percent more than traditional Medicare.
The bill also would:
• provide bonus payments for plans that provide top-quality service.
• encourage states to develop more choices of long-term care services, to enable older people to live in their own homes instead of more expensive nursing homes.
• improve health care and provide better care by, for example, giving bonus payments to hospitals with low rates of patient readmission.
• crack down on fraud and waste in the system.
• raise payments to primary care physicians and surgeons in areas where there is a shortage.
Senate Approves Sweeping Health Care Reform Bill - AARP Bulletin Today
Medicare Fact Sheet Final | The White House
they are still trimming 450 billion dollars from medicare.
You're right, there is a reason, a big one.
When the AARP began its full-throated support for the President’s Health Care Scheme many wondered why this venerable organization would support a plan which would cut hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicare, mostly by putting strict price controls on the very popular Medicare Advantage program.
By putting enormous price controls (cuts) in the Medicare Advantage program, many seniors will be forced to look to the other Medicare supplemental offer, MediGap. It just so happens that AARP sells MediGap coverage to its members. The income generated from those sales accounts for 60.3% of AARP’s revenues, ten years ago, this income only accounted for 10% of their budget.
So, in short, the Obama Health Care Scheme puts hundreds of millions of dollars in AARP’s coffers by forcing seniors off of Medicare Advantage and into MediGap programs. You would think that this was enough of a payback to the AARP for their support. But Big Government now reveals another little prize that has been awarded to AARP in time for their recent official endorsement of the Senate Bill.
The AARP Foundation will have received over $100, 000, 000 dollars in Federal grants by the end of this fiscal year.
Behind the Curtain: Why AARP Supports ObamaCare - Big Government
Like everyone else in this pay for play scheme, they were bought off.
Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
Alexis de Tocqueville