AARP Slams Obama Budget Proposal, Not Fair to Seniors

In response to President Obama’s 2013 budget proposal announced Monday, AARP voiced concerns today that the budget may not have the best interests of seniors in mind.

“While AARP supports efforts to reduce health care costs, we oppose proposals that would either shift costs to seniors or simply reduce the hard-earned Medicare benefits that millions of seniors depend upon every day for their health security,” said AARP CEO A. Barry Rand in a written statement. “It is neither balanced nor fair to ask seniors, whose median annual income is less than $20,000, to contribute even more for their health care. The typical senior already pays nearly 20% of their income on health care.

The budget proposal calls for more Medicare payment and reimbursement reductions, in addition to cuts that have already been made. The report also points out that Medicare beneficiaries don’t currently make co-payments for home health services, and proposes creating a copayment of $100 per home health visit when there are five or more visits that haven’t been preceded by a hospital or other inpatient post-acute stay. This would begin in 2017 for new beneficiaries, and is expected to save approximately $350 million throughout a 10-year timeframe.

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“As we thoroughly review the President’s plan in the coming days, we remain concerned about proposals that would not address high health costs, but would simply shift those costs to other payers, particularly Medicare beneficiaries,” Rand said. “We remain opposed to such cost-shifting, whether through higher copayments and deductibles, or through higher premiums, including further income relating the premiums of better-off seniors who already pay more for Medicare.”

Written by Elizabeth Ecker

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  • Liars may figure but like “honest” shell men, budgeters are infamous for shifting costs in such a way that few can find where they went.  They are there but good luck on finding them.  It is like an “information” dump in a large class action suit by the defendant or finding the right pin in a pile of millions almost exactly the same.

    What is being done to seniors today in the Budget is representative of how this Presidency is unlike any Democratic President in the last 90 years.  Our President does not seem to mind placing a greater financial burden on seniors in order to get his programs financed.  

    It is clear that that there are internal disagreements where he refuses to listen to his Vice President when there is no question but the VP is right.

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