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Congressman Israel, it is time for you to tell the "truth" about the $740 billion you cut from Medicare!

Steve Israel is attempting to hide a truth that is very damaging to his re-election.

In an interview with the Huffington Post last weekend, Congressman Steve Israel commented that, “Mitt Romney this morning may have just become the most recent DCCC majority maker.” Steve Israel is trying to persuade senior citizens on Long Island and across the country that any Republican plan will severely cut Medicare funding.  The facts simply do not support this statement and frankly, Steve Israel is attempting to hide a truth that is very damaging to his re-election as well as that of President Barack Obama.

Obamacare is the number one killer of Medicare funding for senior citizens.  In April of 2012, before the Supreme Court upheld the Obamacare tax, trustees for Medicare forecasted that by 2024 it would not have enough money to make its full payouts.  Despite this, Congressman Israel and the President have siphoned more than $740 billion dollars from Medicare in order to pay for Obamacare.  These drastic cuts to Medicare will make it financially unstable much quicker than the trustees originally planned and hurt senior citizens who are on a fixed income.

 Using data from the actuarial office of Medicare, over 50% of Long Island seniors currently enrolled in Medicare Advantage (MA) will lose this coverage due to cuts dictated by Obamacare.  As a result, it will cost Long Island seniors over $3,700 per year in out-of-pocket costs to obtain the services they lost. 

Obamacare is a bill that Steve Israel repeatedly supported, campaigned for, voted for, and upheld several times.  When Senior citizens receive a mailer or phone call from Congressman Israel saying "he's protecting Medicare", they should ask..."how do you cut over $740 billion from Medicare and say you are protecting it?  Seniors need to get behind a candidate who will repeal Obamacare, protect Medicare and put the program back on a path to fiscal stability.  As your Congressman, I will vote to repeal Obamacare and put that $740 billion back into Medicare so we can keep our promises to our seniors.

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Joanne Toresko August 25, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Medicare is going broke. Federal agencies themselves are reporting, under current laws, the program could be broke in less than 5 years. A rational person just has to follow the numbers of the government's own reports to understand the current system is unsustainable.
Nassau Taxpayer August 27, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Time to stop the "big lies" Mr. wannabe Labate! Here we go... GOP Details Huge Medicare Change In Leaked Platform Sahil Kapur August 27, 2012, 1:22 PM 12391 In a leaked party platform circulating on the eve of their convention, Republicans reveal in candid detail how they intend to upend Medicare. ... Under the defined contribution approach envisaged by the Rivlin-Ryan plan [a proposal that’s remarkably similar to Romney’s], most of the risk of future health-care cost increases would be shifted onto the shoulders of Medicare beneficiaries. This feature makes the proposal radical. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has found that the plan will raise seniors’ out-of-pocket medical expenses by thousands of dollars, a fact Democrats hasten to point out. The draft Republican platform claims that the competition among private insurance plans will lead to major cost savings, though little evidence exists to support this argument. Under the Romney-Ryan plan, the value of the voucher, as long as it doesn’t exceed a certain level [indexed to GDP +0.5%] , adjusts to cover the cost of the second-cheapest policy on a competitive insurance exchange (n.b. which doesn't exist).
Leslie Dann Weinberg September 30, 2012 at 06:18 PM
The promise will not be kept under Obama, either. Please read this article, read it carefully, and you will see that Medicare will not remain as it is, and there will even be limits on supplemental coverage. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/23/obama-medicare-plan_n_1907733.html
Leslie Dann Weinberg September 30, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Actually, he did cut it from Medicare - from the Advantage program, which offers extra services, and pays the doctors a little more per beneficiary. Advantage will now no longer be an "advantage".
Leslie Dann Weinberg September 30, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Read this article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/23/obama-medicare-plan_n_1907733.html

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