President’s Claims Contradicted Again: Seniors to Face Cuts in Care

President’s Claims Contradicted Again: Seniors to Face Cuts in Care

http://www.frc.org/img/activedit/Shot_Medicaid_L.jpgYesterday, the independent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) contradicted the President’s claims. He said his government takeover of the healthcare system would be paid for in part with savings of $500 billion from the present healthcare program of Medicare without limiting services. Douglas Elmendorf, the head of the CBO, said not so. According to Elmendorf, the changes "would reduce the extra benefits that would be made available to beneficiaries through Medicare Advantage plans." Healthcare experts say it would go even further under the Baucus approach, which financially penalizes doctors who are in the top 10% of billings to Medicare. Such an approach is certain to force doctors to greatly reduce tests and procedures.

As the Senate Finance Committee began work on the Baucus health care measure, they found something missing–the actual bill. The committee began marking up a summary of the bill. Those close to the process said the bill could end up being a couple of thousand pages, almost double the House version. What we do know is not yet in the bill, specific Hyde-type language that would prohibit an expansion of government funding of abortion. Also not in the Baucus version is a requirement that the bill, in its entirety, be published at least 72 hours before the committee votes; that amendment was rejected earlier today.

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