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AARP questions Jim Greer's health care criticism



AARP Florida State Director Lori Parham sent a letter (Download here) to state GOP Chairman Jim Greer, taking issues with how Greer and RNC Chairman Michael Steele have described the health care reform proposals. ...We are concerned to note that your e-mail suggests that changes to Medicare proposed in national health-reform legislation would cut over $500 billion from Medicare. 


You seem to have omitted the $311.8 billion that would be plowed back into Medicare to pay doctors more to provide health coverage, close the infamous Medicare Part D coverage gap or "doughnut hole," and eliminate copayments and deductibles for preventive screenings for prostate cancer, osteoporosis and other diseases affecting older people.  The real savings to Medicare total approximately $227 billion over 10 years, or about 3 percent of all Medicare spending.  These savings come exclusively from reducing payments to Medicare providers and creating efficiencies – there are no reductions targeting Medicare beneficiaries. 

Your e-mail also doesn’t mention that health-reform bills would extend Medicare’s solvency by five years – a critical issue for older Floridians...

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:16pm]


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