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Feb122014

NRSC - Shaheen Causing a Medicare Problem for New Hampshire

New Hampshire Seniors' Medicare Costs up, Choices & Coverage Hurt by ObamaCare
Shaheen Deceives Seniors, Families About ObamaCare Again

In 2009, Jeanne Shaheen said ObamaCare “protects Medicare benefits.” According to her own press release: “Through increased efficiency, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act extends the life of Medicare, removes waste and fraud, lowers costs for seniors, and protects Medicare benefits.”

The truth is that Democrats slashed Medicare Advantage to pay for ObamaCare. Nearly 15 million seniors nationwide (close to 30% of all Medicare beneficiaries) rely on Medicare Advantage plans for their Medicare coverage. Many of these are low-income seniors who choose these options because they can’t afford the Medigap policies that more financially secure seniors use.  In New Hampshire alone, 15,281 seniors rely on Medicare Advantage plans (6% of all Medicare enrollees). They have been exposed to the ramifications of Shaheen's support for ObamaCare. 

According to the Wall Street Journal, "seniors are discovering their choices are fewer, costs higher and coverage poorer too."  Last week America’s Health Insurance Plans said that in New Hampshire, seniors on Medicare Advantage plans experienced cost increases and benefit cuts of an estimated $50-60 per month as a result of this year's 6 percent cut to the program. The Washington Post recently reported that "Doctors cut from Medicare Advantage networks struggle with what to tell patients."

Surveys reveal that seniors are highly satisfied with their Medicare Advantage coverage, yet every sitting Democratic Senator, including Jeanne Shaheen, voted the wrong way on an amendment specifically to prohibit these cuts to Medicare Advantage in 2010 (see #72).

"Jeanne Shaheen promised that ObamaCare wouldn't harm New Hampshire seniors who rely on Medicare, but that simply wasn't true," said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen. "Jeanne Shaheen has repeatedly deceived New Hampshire voters, and now she has the audacity to ask for their trust? Jeanne Shaheen slashed Medicare Advantage to pay for ObamaCare, and now those cuts mean fewer benefits and health care choices for seniors. Seniors can't trust Jeanne Shaheen."

 

BACKGROUND

Shaheen Said ObamaCare “Protects Medicare Benefits.” “Through increased efficiency, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act extends the life of Medicare, removes waste and fraud, lowers costs for seniors, and protects Medicare benefits.” (Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, “Shaheen Applauds Passage Of Preventative Health Care, Medicare Protection Measures,” Press Release, 12/3/09)

In March 2010, Shaheen Voted To Kill An Amendment That Would Have Prohibited Cuts To Medicare Advantage Under ObamaCare. “Baucus, D-Mont., motion to table (kill) the Hatch, R-Utah., motion to commit the bill to the Finance Committee with instructions that it be reported back with changes that would prohibit cuts to the Medicare Advantage program and provide for an offset if the Health and Human Services Department certified that at least 1 million Medicare Advantage program participants would lose benefits under the changes in the reconciliation measure or the 2010 health care overhaul law. The bill would make changes existing health care law, revise student lending procedures and provide new revenue-raising provisions.” (H.R. 4872, CQ Vote #72: Motion agreed to 56-42: R 0-40; D 54-2; I 2-0, 3/24/10, Shaheen Voted Yea)

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