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With Cuts To Medicare Advantage Coming, What Will Tim Bishop Say To Seniors?
NRCC | February 11, 2014

More ObamaCare Broken Promises From Tim Bishop

WASHINGTON – Everyone knows ObamaCare—a law that both President Obama and Tim Bishop support—is canceling plans, raising premiums, and costing jobs. Americans even know that Democrats promised they would be able to keep their current plans, if they liked them. Now that the claim has been labeled PolitiFact’s “Lie of the Year,” seniors relying on Medicare Advantage will soon be facing the cold reality of Democrats’ broken promises.

ObamaCare is cutting Medicare Advantage by $156 billion over the next 10 years. And who can they thank for gutting this vital program? None other than Tim Bishop. Many seniors will soon see that the plans and doctors they have come to know and like will suddenly become unavailable. Bishop should tell New York seniors why he insists on raiding Medicare Advantage to pay for his failed law.

“Tim Bishop is at it again,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “After supporting a law that cancels plans and raises premiums, he’s back for more—this time raiding Medicare Advantage. Bishop’s string of broken promises to protect ObamaCare’s failures is finally catching up with him.”

Tim Bishop Voted Against Repealing ObamaCare. (H.R. 45, Roll Call #154, 5/16/2013)

ObamaCare Cuts Medicare Advantage By $156 Billion, According To The Nonpartisan CBO. (Congressional Budget Office, 7/24/12)

Kaiser Family Foundation: 5 Percent of Enrollees Will Be Forced To Change Their Plan; Others Will Face Higher Premiums. “‘About 526,000 of current 2013 Medicare Advantage enrollees (5%) will have to make some change because their plan is not available in 2014… Enrollees who stay with their current plan (if available) will find that, on average, their premiums will increase by almost $5, from $35 to $39.’” (New Report Shows Medicare Advantage Payment Cuts Disrupting Seniors’ Coverage, Kaiser Family Foundation, 11/26/13)

Those Enrolled In Medicare Advantage Will See Fewer Plans And May Lose Their Doctor. “Benefits experts say patients are seeing fewer plan choices this year, and more are losing doctors from their insurance coverage networks.” (Tom Murphy, “4 Keys To Scrutinizing Medicare Advantage Cuts,” Associated Press, 11/15/13)

There Will Be 142 Fewer Medicare Advantage Plans This Year. “This open season also will have 142 fewer Medicare Advantage plans, the private plans that are an alternative to traditional Medicare fee-for-service coverage, the Avalere study found.” (Susan Jaffe, “Medicare Open Enrollment Brings Changes,” USA Today, 10/21/13)


FYI, a similar version of this release below went out to the following districts: Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-01), Ron Barber (AZ-02), Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09), Ami Bera (CA-07), Raul Ruiz (CA-36), Elizabeth Esty (CT-05), Patrick Murphy (FL-18), Joe Garcia (FL-26), John Barrow (GA-12), Brad Schneider (IL-10), Bill Foster (IL-11), Bill Enyart (IL-12), Cheri Bustos (IL-17), Dave Loebsack (IA-02), John Tierney (MA-06), Tim Walz (MN-01), Collin Peterson (MN-07), Rick Nolan (MN-08), Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01), Ann McLane Kuster (NH-02), Steve Israel (NY-03), Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), Dan Maffei (NY-24), Pete Gallego (TX-23), and Nick Rahall (WV-03).


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