Due to years of hard work by the National Right to Life Committee, seniors eligible for Medicare are currently free to purchase alternative insurance plans that are less likely to deny life-saving treatments. [These are policies offered under the Medicare Advantage program– as distinct from the supplemental “Medigap” policies.]
But new provisions slipped in the House and Senate health care bills would allow HHS head Kathleen Sebelius to prohibit such private alternatives, while at the same time cutting $500 billion from Medicare that will clearly result in rationed care.
This is a one-two punch: under the new health reforms, Medicare could offer less life-saving treatments yet it will be illegal for individuals to use their own money to purchase protective private insurance!
The Washington Times’ recently editorialized that the President is engaging in “demagoguery and distortion”:
In his Sept. 9 address to Congress, Mr. Obama promised that if people liked their Medicare and Medicaid coverage, “nothing” will “change the coverage or the doctor you have” and “the only thing this plan would eliminate is the hundreds of billions of dollars in waste and fraud.”
The editorial then pointed out that the government agency in charge of Medicare and Medicaid won’t support the president’s claims that the $500 billion in cuts can be harmlessly offset by reductions in inefficiencies.
Thankfully, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts voiced opposition to these cuts during debate yesterday
ACTION ITEM: Please thank Sen. Roberts and ask him, and Sen. Sam Brownback to remove Section 3209 from the Senate health reform bill, so that individuals can remain free to buy their own protective insurance.