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What’s going to happen

July 10, 2012
The Daily News

EDITOR:How many of you actually know what Obamacare is all about?

Sounds like a good plan? I'm sure many of you have no idea what is actually written into the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

What I'm about to pass on is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God.

President Obama's health care plan, known as the Affordable Care Act, is largely funded by cuts to Medicare and Medicare Advantage. Medicare Advantage is a program that provides expanded medical benefits to over 12 million senior citizens.

Historically, the federal government provides financial assistance to make Medicare Advantage more affordable for the elderly.

That is about to change; under the Affordable Care Act rules, that assistance will be cut, forcing many seniors out of their current plans. The largest cut to the Medicare Advantage program begins on October 15, 2012, two weeks before the presidential election.

There are two bright spots for President Obama. First, most seniors are unaware of the upcoming Medicare Advantage cuts. And, the health care law pre-scheduled a "demonstration project" to reward those Medicare Advantage companies that are high performing insurers.

Unfortunately, the Government Accountability Office recommends the "project" be canceled. The poor design does not reward high performing insurers.

It focuses too much on the year 2012, thereby skewing other results. It will cost taxpayers $8.35 billion, more than all such projects dating back to 1995 combined.

However, it happens that the $8 billion "demonstration project" automatically postpones the Medicare Advantage cuts for several months, leaving that surprise until well after the November elections.

So, this is what's going to happen unless this act is repealed: The new health care plan makes cuts most seniors do not know about to a plan many of them use. The president implemented a health care project that doesn't improve health care, costs $8 billion additional tax dollars, and the General Accounting Office has recommended be canceled.

All of this is just in time to prevent the negative effects of the health plan from being demonstrated until long after the 2012 election.

Do you think this is a coincidence? I think not. Wise up, before it's too late. Do some research and fight to preserve our constitutional rights.

Diane L. Schabo

Iron Mountain



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