Rep. Geoff Davis (KY) wrote a piece regarding the continued concern over specific aspects of ObamaCare, including worries for seniors. Read an excerpt of the piece on rhetoric v. reality:
Rhetoric: “Don’t pay attention to those scary stories about how your benefits will be cut.” (President Obama, 9/9/2009)
Reality: President Obama is right about one thing - the facts are frightening. According to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of the Actuaries, about half of all seniors with Medicare Advantage will lose their plans by 2017. This translates to about 55,000 seniors in Kentucky. For those who get to keep their Medicare Advantage plans, they will still lose an average of $816 in benefits each year. The negative impacts start almost immediately when, in 2011 alone, over 17,000 seniors in Kentucky will be forced out of their Medicare Advantage plan or their Part D prescription drug plan.
Rhetoric: “Seniors who fall into the ‘donut hole’ are eligible right now for a $250 rebate.” (President Obama, 8/7/2010)
Reality: Nearly 90 percent of seniors will not receive a rebate. In addition, the majority of seniors (about 70 percent) will see an average increase in their Part D premium of 10 percent.
Rhetoric: “If you like your doctor, you’re going to be able to keep your doctor. If you like your plan, keep your plan.” (President Obama, 3/10/2010)
Reality: In only one major example where this statement is not true, the 2010 Medicare Trustees’ report predicted that nine out of ten seniors who have retiree drug coverage will lose this benefit by 2016.
Read the whole piece here.