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    GOP Governors Hit Obama Administration on Medicare Advantage Rates

    Three Republican governors yesterday blasted President Barack Obama over changes to next year’s Medicare Advantage rates, writing in a letter that the Obama administration’s recent rate announcement was “little more than political theater.” While the administration says Medicare Advantage plans will get a slight pay bump next year, Govs. Rick … More

    The Charts Obama Doesn't Want You to See

    Talking about Obamacare’s effects is one thing; seeing hard data is another. Heritage’s newly updated Obamacare in Pictures has 15 charts that show the law’s effects on Americans—from canceled insurance policies to new taxes, Medicare cuts, reduced choice for plans, and more. Here’s a quick look at just three of … More

    Future of Medicare Advantage Remains Uncertain

    For the second year in a row, the Obama Administration has reversed course on planned payment rate cuts for Medicare Advantage (MA), the private plans providing the Medicare benefit to nearly 30 percent of all Medicare beneficiaries. But this year’s reprieve doesn’t guarantee the program’s future viability. In February, the … More

    How Obamacare Hurts Americans: The Story of Ann Lorenz

    Ann Lorenz struggles with Parkinson’s disease and relies on Medicare to receive care. However, due to Obamacare, Lorenz worries that she will be limited in access to her doctors. “Patients like Ann will have to start spending more of their own personal money to pay for medications that are not … More

    Kathleen Sebelius's Scare Tactics on Obamacare

    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is already claiming that seniors would be adversely affected by House-passed legislation defunding Obamacare. Nothing could be further from the truth. Obamacare is the program inflicting harm on seniors—because, as Nancy Pelosi said, the law “took half a trillion dollars out of Medicare” … More

    Obamacare Cost Rises by $30 Billion

    The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued a new statement on the budgetary effect of repealing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) for fiscal years 2014 to 2023. The CBO did not model or update a full scoring of repeal. It found that the cost of Obamacare has increased by $30 billion … More

    Morning Bell: Obamacare's Negative Impact on Seniors

    The Medicare program that provides health insurance to seniors faces a dire financial future. And Obamacare is making it worse. Medicare’s Part A trust fund is projected to be insolvent by 2026 and the total program has a long-term unfunded obligation of more than $35 trillion. This means the government … More

    Morning Bell: Obamacare Is About Power

    Members of the House of Representatives are scheduled to vote Thursday to repeal all of Obamacare. Given that the House voted to repeal the law last year, some commentators and observers have questioned the need for another repeal vote. However, the scandals coming to light over the last week perfectly … More

    Medicare: Sequestration Cuts Small Potatoes Compared to Obamacare Cuts

    In the past 24 hours, cancer patients’ access to Medicare treatment has been the focus of an alarming headline. In this case, the budget sequestration—an idea originally proposed and now routinely derided by President Obama—is identified as the culprit. But policymakers and taxpayers alike may want to take a closer … More

    Medicare Advantage Survives—for Now

    There seems to be much confusion surrounding the recent drama of Medicare Advantage’s (MA) 2014 payment rate. Here’s what happened: In February, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its advance notice of estimates of the national per capita Medicare Advantage (MA) growth percentage, which is a key … More