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Medicare: Know the Truth

Is it true when liberal extremist attack Vicky Hartzler for ending “Medicare as we know it”?

Answer: No. Even left-leaning PolitiFact labeled this line of attack by liberal extremist as the “Lie of the Year”. Liberals should apologize to all Missourians for engaging in political gimmicks that are only fact-checked by people like Nancy Pelosi. The Kansas City Star, on 8/21, said that it was Obama, not the Ryan plan, that makes cuts Medicare.1

Who is really proposing to end Medicare as we know it?

Answer: President Obama, with the help of his liberal allies, are planning to cut Medicare by over $716 billion to pay for ObamaCare — a travesty his campaign and Hartzler’s opponent are now touting as an achievement.

Seniors will be hit with higher costs and fewer benefits because of ObamaCare’s Medicare cuts. Beginning in 2013, ObamaCare will cut over $100 billion from Medicare Advantage, a vital program that benefits one in four seniors. ObamaCare also created the Independent Payment Advisory Board to create even steeper cuts in Medicare benefits, which could lead to reduced access to care.

Due to the ObamaCare cuts, Medicare will be insolvent by 2024, according to the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees.2 Rather than allow this to happen, Vicky would vote to repeal ObamaCare and return the $716 billion from Medicare to help make it solvent once again.

Who is fighting for seniors?

Answer: Vicky Hartzler. Vicky has voted for legislation that saves Medicare for current and future generations, with no disruptions for those in and near retirement. For younger workers, when they become eligible, Medicare will provide a premium-support payment and a list of guaranteed coverage options – including a traditional fee-for-service option – from which recipients can choose a plan that best suits their needs.

The president’s plan to raid money from Medicare will hasten the program’s collapse. Slashing reimbursements will force doctors to stop seeing Medicare patients. Bureaucratic rationing will lead to seniors being denied treatments and forced onto waiting lists for the care they need and deserve. The most radical change to Medicare occurs only if we follow the president’s course and do nothing. If no changes are made to the program, Medicare as we know it will cease to exist.

For her work on behalf of seniors, Vicky Hartzler recently received the “Standing Up for America’s Seniors” award by RetireSafe – a national, nonprofit, nonpartisan grassroots organization that advocates on behalf of America’s seniors on such issues as Social Security, Medicare, health and financial well-being.

1) McClanahan, E. Thomas. “Why ‘Mediscare’ May Not Work This Time for Democrats.” Editorial. Kansas City Star 21 Aug. 2012.

2) Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. CMS Office of Public Affairs. Medicare Stable, but Requires Strengthening. www.cms.gov, 23 Apr. 2012.