NRSC - New Non-Partisan Report: Hodes Massive Health Care Overhaul Slams New Hampshire Seniors With Higher Costs

Granite State Seniors Face Higher Costs, Lost Coverage Thanks To Liberal Paul Hodes’ Costly, Partisan Health Spending Bill

WASHINGTON – With just 20 days until Election Day, a new report by the non-partisan Centers for Medicare and Medicaid reveals that President Obama and liberal U.S. Representative Paul Hodes’ (D-NH) costly, unpopular health care overhaul will cut Medicare benefits for New Hampshire seniors and endanger seniors’ health coveragebreaking a key promise made to voters as Democrats attempted to sell their massive health spending bill.

As Politico reports:

A Medicare official concedes that seniors may have to dig deeper into their wallets next year thanks to the health care law. The new analysis obtained by POLITICO finds the health care overhaul will result in increased out-of-pocket costs for seniors on Medicare Advantage plans. Richard Foster, the actuary for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, also tells Senate Republicans that the overhaul will result in “less generous benefit packages” for Medicare Advantage plans next year. Foster is independent from the administration and non-partisanRepublicans say dramatic changes to the program mean some seniors won’t be able to keep their plans – a promise President Barack Obama made during the reform debate – and the GOP has made the issue part of its attempt to roll back the health law.

In addition to cutting Medicare by $500 billion, reducing benefits and raising costs for seniors, Hodes’ costly, unpopular overhaul endangers jobs and could strip more than one million other Americans of their health coverage.

This non-partisan report confirms that liberal Paul Hodes’ costly, unpopular health care overhaul will hurt New Hampshire seniors—so why won’t Hodes just admit that he was wrong to ram it into law?” asked National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokeswoman Amber Marchand. “As his health spending bill slams Granite State families with higher costs and puts their coverage at risk, voters are reminded once again that Hodes has consistently put his own reckless, partisan agenda ahead of their best interests in Washington.”

Background Information:

Rep. Paul Hodes (D-NH) Voted For The Democrats’ Massive Health Care Overhaul. (H.R. 3590, CQ Vote # 165: Motion agreed to 219-212: R 0-178; D 219-34, 3/21/10, Hodes Voted Yea; H.R. 4872, CQ Vote # 167: Passed 220-211: R 0-178; D 220-33, 3/21/10, Hodes Voted Yea)

Hodes Claimed The Health Care Reform Bill Would Lower Costs. (Albert McKeon, “Questions On Care Shift Jobs Focus,” The [Nashua, NH] Telegraph, 4/7/10

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