Politicians on the hill usually look forward to summer recess, but for those lawmakers favoring healthcare reform, angry constituents are waiting for their Senators and Congressmen at scheduled town halls all over the nation. Real Clear Politics captured the latest town hall healthcare reform outrage coming from senior citizens at Senator Feinstein’s Los Angeles office. (click on the video image below). Police were called in later to remove the rowdy crowd of seniors.
The elderly are rightfully concerned that their Medicare coverage could very well be on the chopping block as a result of the Democratic health care plan. Being on Medicare these days gives seniors little choice in their healthcare, and the thought of losing the little they get from the government is not a pleasant prospect . The Heritage Foundation’s Conn Carroll wrote:
“Under the current system, more and more seniors are discovering that it is becoming harder and harder to find and keep doctors who will accept Medicare patients. A 2008 survey found that 29% of the Medicare beneficiaries it surveyed who were looking for a primary care doctor had a problem finding one to treat them, up from 24% the year before. This problem is compounded by the fact that our nation is facing a growing shortage of doctors. Obamacare promises to only make these problems worse. First,Obama plans to pay for up to a third of his plan by cutting $313 billion in Medicare reimbursements to health care providers over the next 10 years. This will only force more doctors to stop seeing Medicare patients. Second, Obama’s public ‘option’ could decrease the annual net income of hospitals by $36 billion, while the annual net income of physicians could drop by $33.1 billion. ”
It does not stop there, though. The Heritage Foundation also points out that President Obama has already proposed to cut Medicare Advantage plans.:
“22% of all Medicare patients, which translates to 10.5 million seniors, are currently enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans. These health plans cover all of the traditional Medicare benefits and much more, including coor dinated care and care-management programs for enrollees with chronic conditions as well as additional hospitalization and skilled nursing facility stays. President Obama has proposed killing this program entirely.”
Mr. Obama and his allies for healthcare reform in Congress should remember that senior citizens may be older than others, but they are not clunkers. They vote in great numbers on a consistent basis, and when they feel threatened, seniors will speak out. It is going to be a long summer recess, folks.