PHOENIX – Nearly two years ago, then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said that we needed to pass ObamaCare – which Democrat Richard Carmona supports– so we could see what was in it, and today over 40 doctors in Arizona have made clear that the law is so bad for seniors that it needs to be repealed.
These doctors are specifically concerned about the $716 billion that ObamaCare cut from Medicare. Cuts that, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), take at least $200 billion from Medicare Advantage, $150 billion from hospitals, nursing homes and hospices and $40 billion from home healthcare.
"We worry that seniors who rely on Medicare will see the quality of their care lessened when President Obama's health care law $716 billion cut to Medicare is realized. President Obama's health care law cuts reimbursements to physicians, hospitals, and nursing homes in order to fund other new programs instituted under the law. Instead of reforming Medicare to reduce costs, these types of cost controls will only make it cost prohibitive for physicians to accept new Medicare patients.” (Arizona Doctors Call on Richard Carmona to Support Repeal of President Obama’s Health Care Law, Press Release, 9/17/12)
"Doctors across Arizona are deeply concerned about President Obama and Richard Carmona’s healthcare law, because it cuts $716 billion from Medicare,” said Arizona Republican Party spokesman Tim Sifert. "Arizonans don’t need Richard Carmona rubberstamping President Obama’s failed agenda, instead they deserve a leader – like Jeff Flake – who will listen to them and repeal ObamaCare.”
Democrat Richard Carmona Supports ObamaCare
"Carmona served as the 17th surgeon general of the United States under President George W. Bush. Last year, he participated in series of health care town halls that the congresswoman held in Tucson, Sierra Vista and Green Valley. ‘The issue facing our country is how do we get the best care for the most people at the least cost,’ Carmona said. ‘We spend more for health care than any other nation on Earth, but the metrics of our results don’t reflect that. We need to move toward a health care system, not the sick care system that we have today. This legislation moves us closer to that. This bill is not perfect. But these are complex issues and we must move forward. And then I hope we can sit down with level heads and make it even better for the benefit of the American people.’” (“U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Announces Support For Historic Health Insurance Reform Legislation,” Congresswoman Giffords Press Release, 3/20/10)
Which Cut $716 Billion From Seniors Who Depend On Medicare
A Top Obama Campaign Adviser Lauded"The $700 Billion Cuts In Medicare That The President Achieved” Through Obamacare. CUTTER:"You know I heard Mitt Romney deride the $700 billion cuts in Medicare that the president achieved through health care reform.” (CBS’s"Face The Nation,” 8/12/12)
Over $200 Billion In Cuts To Medicare Advantage:"Medicare Advantage Payments... -131.9 [Billion Dollars].”"TITLE III—Improving The Quality And Efficiency Of Health Care; Subtitle C—Provisions Relating to Part C; Medicare Advantage Payments... 2010-2019... -131.9 [Billion Dollars]... Medicare Advantage Interactions... -70.4 [Billion Dollars].”"Interactions; Medicare Advantage Interactions... 2010-2019... -70.4 [Billion Dollars].” (CBO Director Doug Elmendorf, Letter To Rep. Pelosi, P.18, 3/18/10)
Over $150 Billion In Cuts To Hospitals, Nursing Homes, And Hospice:"Ensuring Medicare Sustainability... -156.6 [Billion Dollars].”"TITLE III—Improving The Quality And Efficiency Of Health Care; Subtitle E—Ensuring Medicare Sustainability; 3401 Revision of Certain Market Basket Updates and Incorporation of services Productivity Improvements into Market Basket Updates that do not Already Incorporate Such Improvements (effect of productivity adjustment for home health included in estimate for section 3131)... 2010-2019... -156.6 [Billion Dollars].” (CBO Director Doug Elmendorf, Letter To Rep. Nancy Pelosi, P.14, 3/18/10)
Nearly $40 Million To Home Health Care"Home Health Care... -39.7 [Billion Dollars].”"TITLE III—Improving The Quality And Efficiency Of Health Care; Subtitle B—Improving Medicare For Patients And Providers; Part III – Improving Payment Accuracy; 3131 Payment Adjustments For Home Health Care (Includes Effect Of Section 3401)... 2010-2019... -39.7 [Billion Dollars].” (CBO Director Doug Elmendorf, Letter To Rep. Nancy Pelosi, 3/18/10, P.13)
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