NRSC - Obama's Medicare Cut Announcement a Cynical Ploy to Fool New Hampshire Seniors, Protect Shaheen

Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Democrats in the Senate voted to slash Medicare Advantage to pay for ObamaCare.  At the time, she promised Granite Staters dependent on Medicare that ObamaCare wouldn't cut Medicare and would in fact strengthen the program. That promise was false, causing Democrats facing voters in 2014 to plead with the Obama Administration to stop the Medicare cuts.

It’s no secret that ObamaCare will negatively impact Medicare meaning that Jeanne Shaheen and other vulnerable Democrats were desperate for political cover from the Obama Administration. That is why the White House unilaterally delayed proposed cuts to Medicare (intended to pay for ObamaCare). Once the midterm elections are over, it is a matter of time until Democrats reinstate these cuts to Medicare.  

"Jeanne Shaheen cut $200 billion from ObamaCare to pay for Medicare and has repeatedly deceived New Hampshire voters with one false promise after another about the unpopular law," said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen. "Unfortunately Democrats are more interested in protecting their vulnerable Senators than New Hampshire seniors and will most certainly reinstitute these Medicare cuts after the elections. Seniors should not be used as pawns by Democratic Senators like Jeanne Shaheen desperate to hold onto power."


In 2010 Jeanne Shaheen Voted To Slash Medicare Advantage To Pay For ObamaCare. (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)

Facing Rocky Midterm Elections, The Obama Administration Is Delaying Proposed Cuts To Medicare. The federal agency that runs Medicare has reversed at least some proposed cuts to private Medicare Advantage plans—the second time in two years that insurers have persuaded the agency to abandon cuts.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Monday it would turn a roughly 2 percent cut first proposed in February into a 0.4 percent payment increase for Medicare Advantage plans.  Insurers, however, have said the proposed cut was much bigger—closer to 6 percent. They argued that payment reductions would cause plans to either cut benefits or raise premiums.  (Sam Baker, “Administration Backs Down On Medicare Cuts,” National Journal, 04/07/14)

According To The Nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO): ObamaCare Cuts $716 Billion From Medicare. (Congressional Budget Office, Letter To Speaker John Boehner, 7/24/12)

Democrats Paid For ObamaCare In Part “By An Estimated $206 Billion” In Medicare Advantage Cuts. “Consumers who choose Advantage plans are opting for managed care with benefits including lower out-of-pocket costs over the traditional government-run Medicare program for the elderly and disabled. Government payments have been under pressure since 2010, when the U.S. health expansion was financed in part by reducing spending on Advantage plans by an estimated $206 billion over a decade.” (Alex Wayne and Caroline Chen, “Humana, UnitedHealth Face About 3.6% Advantage Rate Cuts,” Bloomberg, 2/21/14)