I have written many times about ObamaCare’s cuts in the Medicare Advantage program and their inevitable result—-seniors being herded back to lower benefits of traditional Medicare. Here’s the latest chapter in that tawdry tale:

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care has notified customers that it will drop its Medicare Advantage health insurance program at the end of the year.

That means 22,000 seniors won’t, as their President promised, be able to “keep their coverage if they like it.” After ObamaCare passed, the Harvard Pilgrim people saw the handwriting on the wall:

We became concerned by the long-term viability of Medicare Advantage programs in general … We know that cuts in Medicare are being used to fund national health care reform.

By the way, the “reporter” who wrote the Boston Globe piece quoted above has his facts screwed up.  Medicare Advantage is not a “supplimental” program. It is an alternative to traditional Medicare.

In fact, seniors with Medicare Advantage don’t need supplimental coverage. That’s why the AARP, which sells supplimental plans to seniors on traditional Medicare, backed ObamaCare’s deep cuts in the MA program.

The Boston Globe journalist doesn’t know that, of course. Like most members of the MSM, he is too lazy to do his homework. Meanwhile, because of the lousy job he and his colleagues did during the reform debate, real people get hurt:

Newton resident Robert Gray, 68, a retired computer engineer and technology researcher, said he was disturbed to find out his plan was being discontinued.

Mr. Gray, like most of the other 22,000 victims, paid Medicare and Social Security taxes his entire working life. Now, the government that took his money all those years is forcing him to accept second-rate coverage.

And, make no mistake, traditional Medicare is second rate. It pays providers so poorly that its “beneficiaries” have great difficulty finding doctors who will treat them. And, of course, they must pay AARP for additional coverage.

Meanwhile the people who foisted this on Mr. Gray and millions of others have been livin’ large.

Comments 2

  1. Marc Brown wrote:

    You’ve got this wrong – the CEO of Pilgrim says it’s the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA), passed two years before health reform legislation, that drove this decision. Don’t believe everything you read in the papers.

    Posted 02 Oct 2010 at 11:35 am
  2. Catron wrote:

    That’s the line being pushed by the JournoList zombie Maggie Mahar, but it has 2 big problems:

    1) It is attached at the hip with the theory that everyone else in the media got this wrong because they were anxious to dump on Obama. Sorry. Doesn’t pass the laugh test.

    2) The Shultz quote provided by Mahar doesn’t actually support her MIPPA claim. That MIPPA is also a problem does not mean that PPACA wasn’t the main factor.

    Posted 02 Oct 2010 at 12:12 pm

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