May 26, 2011--National Right to Life President Carol Tobias discusses the rationing provisions affecting the Medicare program under the Obama Health Care Law which Congress enacted in March 2010.
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Hi, I’m Carol Tobias, President of National Right to Life.
You’re hearing a lot of Democratic criticism about the Medicare budget proposal passed by the House of Representatives.
What you need to hear more about are the changes to Medicare already enacted as part of the Obama health care law.
Did you know that Obama health care law sets up an 18-member Independent Payment Advisory Board with the duty of limiting government Medicare payments to below the rate of Medical inflation.
Under the Obama law, not even Congress can increase Medicare payments limited by this Board.
This is part of how, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the Obama law will cut $555 billion dollars from Medicare over 10 years. But it gets much worse.
Less widely known is the law’s provision allowing Washington bureaucrats to prevent older Americans from making up the Medicare shortfall with their own funds—taking away senior citizens’ right to spend their own money to save their own lives.
Let me repeat that because its probably hard to believe that such a thing could become law in America. Under the Obama health care law Medicare will not just be cut $555 billion dollars over ten years—not even keeping up with Medical inflation. The law also allows Washington bureaucrats to prevent older Americans from making up the shortfall with their own funds—taking away senior citizens’ right to spend their own money to save their own lives.
You need to get the facts on Medicare and other rationing in the Obama health care law at www.NRLC.org.
Limiting what senior citizens are allowed to spend on saving their own lives is rationing. The only way to stop this rationing of grandma’s health care is to repeal the Obama health care law.