NRSC - Jeanne Shaheen Cuts Medicare After Promising Not To

February 26, 2014

Jeanne Shaheen Cuts Medicare After Promising Not To

The Obama Administration has proposed a 3.55 percent cut to Medicare Advantage rates, which were already cut by 6 percent this year, which means a near 10 percent cut total. These cuts are due to be finalized April 7th and will affect 30 percent of all Medicare recipients – or 16 million seniors – nationwide that are enrolled in the program. The reason is simple: ObamaCare robs Medicare Advantage by $156 billion.

In New Hampshire alone, 15,281 seniors rely on Medicare Advantage plans (6 percent of all Medicare enrollees). According to America’s Health Insurance Plans, Granite State seniors on Medicare Advantage plans have already 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 due to ObamaCare. This reality is harmful to our senior citizens and is a political nightmare for Jeanne Shaheen, since seniors will see their premiums rise, benefits shrink, and they may lose access to the doctor they’ve known for years. In 2009, Jeanne Shaheen promised Granite Staters who depend on Medicare that ObamaCare “protects Medicare benefits.”

In a new memo explaining the political fallout of these cuts for Democrats, the Republican National Committee (RNC), the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), and the NRSC made clear that this issue is not going away and they’ll be forced to explain why they claim to protect Medicare while supporting a law that makes drastic cuts to its funding.

 "When selling ObamaCare, Democrats like Jeanne Shaheen made promise after promise they knew they couldn’t keep," said NRSC Communications Director Brad Dayspring. "Now that ObamaCare is being fully implemented so many Granite Staters – including seniors – see the law for the failure it is. Deceiving seniors about Medicare isn't the first lie Jeanne Shaheen told about ObamaCare, but it serves as the latest reminder that voters can't trust her to keep her word."