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Letter to the Editor: Obamacare endorsements


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By ROBERT L WARREN
East Carbon

Editor:

As the Democratic Congress rush to rubber stamp Obamacare the President trotted out from behind closed doors stating endorsements from AMA and AARP his package is all bought and paid for. Just what happened behind those closed doors? What did it cost the taxpayers? Well, the cat is out of the bag telling us what went on behind those closed doors.

The American Medical Association (AMA) was facing a 21 percent cut in physicians' reimbursements treating Medicare patients under the current law. Obama promised to kill the cut if they backed his bill! With this blackmail leverage, he gave physicians a 21 percent pay increase. Obama compelled the AMA to support the bill—or else...

AARP got a financial windfall as well. President Bush passed the Medicare Advantage Program, which offered a subsidized, lower cost alternative to AARP's Medi-gap giving the elderly the extra coverage they need plus coordinated, well-managed care usually by the same physician. Consequently 10 million seniors went with Medicare-Advantage, cutting into AARP Medi-gap revenues. Presto! Obama solved their problem. He eliminates Bush's subsidies for Medicare Advantage. The elderly will now have to pay more for the coverage under Medi-gap, allowing AARP to increase their profits. Medicare is still facing a $5 billion cut in services over the next few years and adding millions to the coverage.

The drug industries backed Obamacare and in return, got a 10-year limit of $80 billion covering the cuts in prescription drug costs. They also received assurances to bar lower-cost Canadian drugs from coming into America.

Blue dog Democrat votes also bribed and bought in the amounts of $3-5 million for pork barrel spending to the state they represent.

One industry that refused to knuckle under was the medical device makers. They stood for principle in lieu of greed and would not go along with Obama's blackmail, therefore, the Senate Finance Committee retaliated by imposing a tax on medical devices, such as automated wheelchairs, pacemakers, arterial stents, prosthetic limbs, artificial knees and hips and other necessary accouterments of healthcare. Increased costs will be the responsibility of the patient, of course.

The AMA, AARP and drug manufacturer endorsements are not free; they will be bought and paid for by the America taxpayers.This is what we get with an administration intent on passing their programs at any cost, including using bribes, threats and intimidation all behind closed doors, Chicago style.

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