Dishonesty,Intimidation,Hypocrisy and Medicare Advantage

    written by Newt Gingrich
    09/30/2009

    The editorial writers at the New York Times thought they were getting the White House’s back when they defended cuts to Medicare Advantage last week. In fact,they were validating the blatant dishonesty of administration and congressional officials pushing for the cuts.

    In their editorial last Sunday,the Times writers revealed in stunning fashion the lies that have been used to convince increasingly skeptical seniors that their Medicare Advantage benefits won’t be sacrificed to pay for government-run health care.

    Dishonesty:
    In one breath,the Times claimed the effect of Medicare Advantage cuts will be “modest”:
    “Although Republican rhetoric has triggered fears that Medicare Advantage enrollees might lose their coverage entirely if private plans drop out of the system,the real effect of the bill would likely be modest on average.”

    Then,literally on the next line,the Times contradicts itself,and stumbles inadvertently on to the truth:
    “The value of an enrollee’s added benefits would shrink by more than half from current levels but would not disappear;they would still be worth about $500 a year in 2019 (emphasis added).”

    Intimidation:
    Medicare Advantage was created to do what the Center for Health Transformation (CHT) has long fought for:To give all seniors more private choices of higher quality health care. It currently provides almost 11 million Americans coverage through private insurance plans. Recent data shows that these seniors have better health outcomes than those in traditional Medicare.

    Current legislation in Washington will gut the program. H.R. 3200 in the House will cut Medicare Advantage by $172 billion. The bill sponsored by Sen. Max Baucus in the Senate will cut the popular program by $123 billion.

    If you’re just hearing about this now,here’s the reason:When Humana (with whom we’ve worked with in the past at CHT) tried to inform its Medicare Advantage members that Democratic health care reform could lower their benefits,the government ordered them to cease and desist and opened an investigation of the company.

    Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) subsequently introduced legislation in the Senate Finance Committee to protect the 1st Amendment rights of private insurance companies to criticize health care reform proposals.

    Democrats on the committee unanimously defeated the bill.

    Hypocrisy: The AARP Sells Out Seniors
    But while Humana was censored by the government from talking to its Medicare Advantage enrollees about proposed Democratic cuts,another Medicare Advantage provider —the AARP —has been left free to lobby its members.

    Of course the Washington leadership of the AARP is working closely with Democrats on health care reform. Incredibly,the self-appointed voice of America’s seniors supports “reforms” that will cut the benefits —if not the entire Medicare Advantage coverage —of millions of seniors.

    How can this be? It’s simple. The AARP is a liberal interest group like any other,and it cut a deal with the party in charge in Washington. In exchange for selling out the seniors it claims to represent,the AARP will get potentially millions in lucrative insurance contracts,and quite possibly something more.

    Tell Your Friends We’re Not Going to Take It Anymore
    No plan that has to be advanced through dishonesty,intimidation and hypocrisy has the support of the American people.

    But all that is required for these tactics to prevail in Washington is for good people to sit back and do nothing.

    As debate in Congress continues,here’s what you can do:Send this newsletter to a friend,a co-worker,or a relative who isn’t yet aware of what Washington is doing.

    Send this newsletter to your senators and representatives. Let them know that,despite the dishonesty,the intimidation and the hypocrisy,we know what they’re doing.

    And we’re not going to take it anymore.

    Your friend,
    Newt Gingrich

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    Newt’s letter above outlines a lot of what is going on with the liberal establishment in Washington. Contact your representatives and let them know in no uncertain terms that what happened in Virginia and New Jersey Nov 3rd is nothing compared to Nov ’10 if they continue the current pattern. Contact your friends,and anyone else that will listen and tell them what you think about the sell out of seniors in America!

    Many of us seniors have depended on the AARP for years for information,cost saving offers,and representation of seniors interests. We can not depend on them to do that and we can not sit by like sheep while they accept our membership fees at the same time they sell us out in Washington while lying to us to boot! Let them know what you think by cutting up your AARP card and sending it back to them!

    There is an alternative with the American Seniors Association. Perhaps even a better suggestion is to cut up your AARP card and send it to the ASA with your new membership application. They will give you a second years membership for that cut up card! That’s a whole lot more than we are getting from AARP these days.

    Check out the American Seniors Association It is a true seniors advocacy organization that has not sold out to the big money offers from Obama and the Washington establishment and it deserves our support.

    I have no connection to the ASA and only pass on this information as a service,. . . . and because I am genuinely ticked off big time about what Washington and groups like the AARP are trying to do to our country.

    Chuck

    RETIREMENT –Daily Schedule

    We get up at 5:00 am,have a quick breakfast and join the early morning Walk and Talk Club. There are about 30 of us. Rain or shine we walk around the roads,all talking at once. After a nimble walk,avoiding irate animals like chipmunks out to scare us,we go back home,shower and change for the next activity.

    My wife goes directly to the pool for her under water Pilates class,followed by gasping for breath and CPR.

    I put on my ‘Ask me about my Grandchildren’T-shirt,my mid-calf shorts,my socks and sandals and go to the club house lobby for a nice nap.

    Before you know it it’s time for lunch. We go to Sam’s Club to partake of the many tasty samples dispensed by ladies in white hair nets. All free! After a filling lunch,if we don’t have any doctor appointments,we might go to the Post Office and see almost everyone.

    We’re usually back home by 2 PM to get ready for dinner. People start lining up for the early bird about 3 PM,but we get there by 3:45 because we are late eaters. The dinners are very popular because of the large portions they serve. You can take home enough food for the next day’s lunch and dinner,including extra bread,crackers,sweet-and-low packets and mints.

    At 5:30 PM we’re home ready to watch the 6 o’clock news. By 6:30 we’re fast asleep. Then we get up and make 5 or 6 trips to the bathroom during the night and it’s time to get up and start a new day all over again.

    Doctor related activities will eat up most of your retirement time. I enjoy reading old magazines in sub zero temperatures in the waiting room,so I don’t mind. Calling for test results also help the days fly by. It takes at least half an hour just getting through the doctor’s phone menu. Then there is the hold time until you are connected to the right party. Sometimes they forget you are holding,and the whole office goes to lunch.

    Many of the receptionists are quite rude. They keep you standing at that dopey little,closed glass window,totally ignoring you. After 1/2 an hour,I ignore the ‘DO not tap on the window’sign and tap on the window. This always drives them nuts. If you do,they put down their Egg McMuffin or their copy of the Enquirer,and fling open the window,ready for a fight. I lie,explaining I tapped on the window accidentally because I have Parkinson’s.

    They claim they are required to keep the window closed because of the privacy law but I don’t believe it. Are they afraid if I were to overhear that someone has hemorrhoids,that I would blackmail them or sell the information to a foreign government? In Colorado everyone has hemorrhoids!

    Choosing a development with suitable amenities is an important decision. The various clubs in these communities provide most of the activities. Our development has over 30 clubs. There’s something for everyone. Clubs like the kidney donating club,the Taliban Club,the East meets West club,not to be confused with the West meets East club,etc. A truly active community is one where the ambulance is there several times a day and is part of the Travel Club.

    Mostly,it’s important to choose a development with an impressive name. Alpine names are very popular in Colorado. They convey…uppity sophistication and wealth. Where would you rather live…Jim Bob’s Condo’s or the Mountain Lake Estates? There is no difference. They are both owned by Jim Bob who happens to be a Texan.

    I hope this material has been of some help to you future retirees. If I can be of any further assistance,please look me up when you’re in Colorado. I live in ‘The Wilting Willows Park,’in South Fork.

    unknown senior