Friday, August 17, 2012
80 + Days of Lying?
The affordable Care Act aka "Obamacare," actually creates savings in the Medicare plan by reducing fees paid to drug companies and the Advantage plans and reduced costs over several years by over $700 billion. This impending plan is not taking money from seniors or their benefits. It is already reducing the donut hole created by the Republicans. (The donut hole is the drug deductible in the Part D plan which kicks in after slightly more than $2000 has been spent by the patient and denies further payment until the $5000 cost level is reached, approximately.) This donut hole is gradually disappearing under "Obamacare" and will be gone in 2020 if this bill is not repealed. Wellness care is already being covered for seniors who will no longer have to pay co-pays for health maintenance exams and tests such as mammograms or prostate screenings. Although both Romney and Ryan have said that they will overturn this entire law. It may not be quite that easy to do, either, politically or legally. Some may have forgotten that Paul Ryan was one of the Congressmen who jumped on the Bush Social Security privatization band wagon after the 2004 election. (One will note that Bush, Cheney, or Palin will have no role or be invited to attend the party convention this year!) Who now would revisit that after the debacle of the 2008 stock market free-fall? When asked, he now backs off that proposal. However he has been heavily criticized by his own Catholic church and the "nuns on the bus" for his total lack of empathy or understanding of the needs for services among those currently on Medicaid. He must know that both Medicaid and Welfare differ greatly in benefits among the states. Those states run by Democrats and more heavily urbanized tend to have better services for the poor, while those run by Republicans define their poverty limits and those who qualify very sparsely. Cutting back food stamps and unemployment benefits when a country is coming out of a downturn is again showing how wide the gap is between those that have and those who need.