Obamacare Update: Seniors to Pay More To Get Less
Obama made a litany of promises regarding his healthcare law, almost none of which have actually come true. He said premiums would come down an average of $2,500 per family, but they have already gone UP by $3,000. He said Americans wouldn’t lose their insurance, but hundreds of thousands have already been dumped as employers scramble to find ways to stay in business.
Regarding seniors, the President said Obamacare would strengthen Medicare, which it turns out is as ridiculous as saying that moths will strengthen your wardrobe. Obamacare robs nearly $1 trillion from Medicare, and we are already seeing cuts planned for future Medicare treatments, which is a big concern as 30 million more people will be added to Medicare rolls in the next decade.
Obama’s own actuaries forecast that in just six years, seniors will receive nearly $1,500 less in care than they would have without Obamacare, care that will help prevent sickness and keep them in the active lifestyle we all hope to maintain. Doctors, nurses, hospitals and hospice care will all see substantially less reimbursement from the government, according to Obamacare expert Betsy McCaughey, who has a new book coming out, Beating Obamacare, that could provide valuable information for seniors in these uncertain times.
Now is also a good time to review the many new taxes created by Obamacare, taxes that will fall on the sick and elderly especially. The coming months could be tough sledding, but by staying informed and aware of the healthcare law changes, it is possible to lessen the burden that Obamacare is putting on America’s seniors. If you lose coverage, or see a decrease in coverage or increase in fees, 60 Plus wants to know! Write to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll continue to keep seniors up to speed and informed on how the law affects us all, and we may just tell your story in our next 60 Plus newsletter.
More Shady Shenanigans from the AARP
There they go again, you take your eyes off the AARP for even a minute and you’re going to find the liberal organization up to no good. Latest case in point, a front-page story in the December 4 edition of the Washington Post exposed in detail how the AARP stands to lose hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue if Congress and the President reform Medigap, a proposal AARP has consistently lobbied against, despite earlier denials.
Under proposed reforms, seniors who purchase Medigap would pay lower premiums and the U.S. would save billions in healthcare costs. Despite these benefits, AARP opposes such measures because they not only negatively impact the group’s main source of revenue, but the personal income of their executives as well.
60 Plus Chairman Jim Martin, leader of the nation’s largest conservative seniors organization with over 7.2 million supporters and the acknowledged conservative alternative to the liberal AARP (Association Against Retired Persons) said, “Once again AARP is exposed for selling seniors down the river for the almighty dollar. For years 60 Plus and others — including Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Congressmen Fred Upton (R-MI) and Wally Herger (R-CA)– have been shouting from the rooftops to expose the tawdry and sordid business practices of the AARP. The Post should be commended for taking a strong look at their agenda, and their actions which undermine the welfare of America’s seniors.”
**AARP was further embarrassed this past summer when secret memos came to light revealing AARP’s coordination with Democratic operatives in the White House and DCCC to promote Obamacare behind the scenes, despite their own members being opposed to the legislation by a margin of 14 to 1. In one memo, AARP bragged they were more effective in their lobbying efforts if they had “the appearance of impartiality.”
The Post also reported:
AARP executives are especially hurt by budget and Medigap reforms, as their yearly bonuses are based on total “royalty fees” from their endorsed insurance products that reforms would necessarily reduce
AARP admits that its lobbying efforts are a conflict-of-interest, after previously claiming that it did not lobby “at all” on Medigap
Royalties now account for 52% of AARP’s $1.4 billion in annual revenue, and growing revenue provided $140,156 in bonuses to
AARP CEO Barry Rand’s total compensation last year of $938,553
“The AARP claims to be a guiding force in the healthcare field, but the procedure they are most familiar with is performing the wallet-ectomy — removing seniors from their money. At almost every turn their activities can be reduced to making money on the backs of the elderly, and putting their own welfare ahead of that of their members and the nation as a whole.
“It is time that everyone, from the average voter to our leaders on Capitol Hill, treat the AARP for what they are — another self-interested party working for what is best for them and them alone.”
60 Plus in the News
As usual, the past few months have been extremely active with 60 Plus receiving heavy media coverage in national and local news. When lawmakers in Washington started tossing around proposals to cut Social Security benefits, 60 Plus Chairman Jim Martin appeared on the Fox Business Channel to talk with Stuart Varney about why seniors should not be the scapegoat for the nation’s current budget crisis .
Talk is Cheap, but Obama State of the Union Costs us All More
If you found yourself disappointed and unsurprised by the President’s annual State of the Union address this month, take heart that you are far from alone. Apart from failing to mention even a hint of a plan to help protect and save Social Security, Obama’s address indicated his second term will be a rambling attempt to achieve every item on the liberals’ wish list to borrow, tax and spend more of our money.
With over 23 million Americans unemployed or underemployed, we now have ample proof the President’s second term will be nothing more than a continuation of the same failed big-government policies of his first term, unencumbered by having to ever run for office again.
After the speech, 60 Plus Chairman and Founder, Jim Martin, released a statement, excerpted below:
“Once again the President’s State of the Union speech was long on rhetoric, but short on ideas and solutions. The President has a government program and policy to every problem, real or perceived. Yet on his obligation to take the lead on cutting our crushing debt, putting Americans back to work, approving more domestic energy supplies and fixing our flailing senior entitlement programs we get nothing.
“Just as in the past four years the President offered nothing but deception, deceit and empty promises. Saying he won’t increase the deficit ‘one dime’ is a flat-out falsehood. As a man who has increased our national debt by 58 TRILLION dimes he has precious little credibility. The man who promised Obamacare would make healthcare more affordable had nothing to say regarding the fact that Americans are paying MORE for healthcare, and the employers forced to pay for it are cutting jobs just to stay afloat.
“The best way to achieve the fair and prosperous nation the President talks about is to let the free-market economy thrive, and limit government’s intrusion into our lives. But this President disbands his jobs council and presides over the weakest recovery since WWII, and it is no secret why. More government is all he proposes, when it is only a free and growing economy that will put our nation back on track.
“Obama is sadly committed to the same failed policies that now see our economy shrinking and more people out of work. His State of the Union was a sad performance, and showed in crystal clear clarity that he follows the beat of a drummer far out of sync with reality, and far out of sync with the future we all want for our nation, our children and grandchildren.”