Remember last September when the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), at the urging of Senator Baucus (D. Mont.), issued “cease and desist” orders against Medicare Advantage insurers from doing the unthinkable…actually communicating with their insureds about the provisions of Obamacare? According to the administration, these communications were “false and misleading”.
Why? Because they actually pointed out the drastic cuts Obamacare would bring to those enrolled in Medicare Advantage programs, and that was something the administration didn’t want us to “see” until the bill was passed.
Between then and now, Richard Foster, the chief actuary for Medicare and Medicaid,
estimated that the $206 billion hole in [Medicare] Advantage will reduce benefits, cause insurers to withdraw from the program and reduce overall enrollment by half.
And, the Congressional Budget Office agrees with Mr. Foster.
This past week, however, the CMS sent a nifty 4 page flyer to seniors extolling the virtues of Obamacare. The flyer includes heartwarming statements like,
The Affordable Care Act passed by Congress and signed by President Obama this year will provide you and your family greater savings and increased quality health care…[and] if you are in a Medicare Advantage plan, you will still receive guaranteed Medicare benefits.
I’m wondering, where is Senator Baucus when the seniors really do need protection from false and misleading statements?