Saturday, June 9, 2012

Obamacare - #3955 - Obamacare's 5 Most Damaging Effects on Seniors - Heritage Foundation (2) VIDEO: 90 Seconds to Repeal Obamacare - Townhall

In anticipation of the Supreme Court’s Obamacare decision, it is important to remember that the constitutionality of the individual mandate isn’t the only problem with the law. Here’s a list of Obamacare’s five most destructive impacts on America’s seniors. (1) Less choice. Obamacare puts 15 unelected bureaucrats in charge of meeting a budget target in Medicare with its newly created Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). IPAB may be statutorily prohibited from directly rationing care, but that doesn’t mean it can’t ration indirectly by reducing provider payments for certain medical procedures, which can compromise physician autonomy in the delivery of care. In fact, the only way IPAB can control costs is by reducing provider payments. But cutting payments effectively rations care by limiting Medicare beneficiaries’ access to providers. (2) Fewer options. Obamacare delivers a strong blow to Medicare Advantage (MA), which allows seniors to receive Medicare benefits from a private health plan of their choosing. MA is popular among seniors—about 25 percent of beneficiaries are in the program—and in 2012, premiums fell by 7 percent and enrollment increased by 10 percent. But Obamacare cuts the program by $145 billion, which, according to the Medicare Actuary, will decrease enrollment by 50 percent by 2017. Furthermore, Heritage research shows that after Obamacare is fully implemented, MA beneficiaries will lose an average of $3,714 worth of benefits per year by 2017.  Read 3 - 5 ...........

90 Seconds to Repeal Obamacare - Townhall - This video has been viewed 6,934 times Got 90 seconds? That's all it takes to help repeal Obamacare. As we wait for the Supreme Court to hand down the decision on Obamacare, the National Republican Congressional Committee is launching a petition for full repeal. If you want in, you can add your signature at Congressman Roskam is helping to kick off the campaign.

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