Obama’s nose grows longer every time he talks about Obamacare, especially when speaking to seniors. Obama told a group of seniors in suburban Maryland last week that “what you need to know is that the guaranteed Medicare benefits that you’ve earned will not change, regardless of whether you receive them through Medicare or Medicare Advantage.” As the Wall Street Journal archly observed last week, “nothing about that sentence is true.”
Nonetheless, this claim has become the official position of the U.S. government, thanks to its repetition by the chief executive and his senior aides, and its inclusion by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in a four-color propaganda brochure mailed in May to millions of older Americans.
As Obama and HHS well know, Obamacare slashes $500 billion from Medicare over the next decade. That’s why the Congressional Budget Office projects that one of every three participants in the highly popular Medicare Advantage program will be dropped. Others, including Medicare’s own actuaries, expect as many as half of all Medicare Advantage participants to lose the benefit. As Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said last week in response to Obama’s Maryland statement, seniors have been told repeatedly by the White House and congressional Democrats “that if they liked their plan they could keep it. Yet now we hear that millions of seniors will lose the Medicare Advantage benefits they have and like as a result of the Democrats’ health care bill.. . . That’s been the story all along about this bill — a lot of promises that couldn’t be kept. And that’s why the story now isn’t the bill itself, but the administration’s broken promises.”
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