(This guest post appeared at the Congressman’s website)
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA): “We strengthen Medicare.”
GOP Leader Response: The Democrats’ government takeover of health care cuts more than half-a-trillion dollars from Medicare, including more than $200 billion from Medicare Advantage, which serves nearly 11 million seniors. Various analyses have found – and Democratic lawmakers have stated – these drastic cuts would lead to higher out-of-pocket costs, reduced benefits and fewer health care choices for our seniors.
Dems’ Medicare Cuts By The Numbers:
- $528.5 billion – Total cuts to Medicare included in the bill,
- $206 billion – Total cuts to Medicare Advantage plans in the Senate and reconciliation measures-the latest reconciliation bill (H.R. 4872) adds another $66.1 billion in cuts to the Senate-passed measure.
- $13.3 billion – Amount of future, yet-to-be-determined Medicare cuts chosen by an unelected federal board.
- $65.7 billion – Amount of money taken from seniors in the form of higher premiums and additional cuts to Medicare beneficiaries and providers.
- Congressional Budget Office Director Doug Elmendorf: Medicare cuts could “reduce access to care or diminish the quality of care.” (Letter, 12/19/09)
- Associated Press: “Democrats are pushing for Medicare cuts on a scale not seen in years to underwrite health care for all. Many seniors now covered under the program don’t like that one bit.” (7/30/09)
- Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL): “Some of our critics on the other side of the aisle have said, ‘you know, they’re [Democrats] going to cut hundreds of billions of dollars out of Medicare.’ And the simple answer is, yes.” (Floor Remarks, 3/4/10)
- Politifact: “[E]xperts told us it’s conceivable or even likely that those financial changes could lead to reduced benefits, particularly for people in the Advantage program. From that perspective, it’s a stretch for Obama say that Medicare patients won’t see changes in their plans as a result.” (8/14/09)
- The Republican health care bill implements common-sense reforms to lower premiums for families and small businesses by up to 10 per cent without cutting Medicare.
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