John M. Kunst, Jr.: Obama lied on Medicare |

John M. Kunst, Jr.: Obama lied on Medicare

John M. Kunst, Jr.
Breckenridge and Cincinnati

Andersen reports that Summit seniors who are enrolled in Medicare Advantage will no longer have supplemental coverage because the insurance companies servicing this rural area have not been able to establish provider networks (HMOs and PPOs) in the region. Sadly, Summit seniors are not alone in this dilemma. There are thousands of other rural areas throughout the United States that will suffer the same fate.

Andersen accurately reports that this slight to rural seniors is directly tied to Democratic legislation passed in 2008 requiring all Medicare Advantage plans to have provider networks by 2011. This legislation was but a series of amendments to Medicare that passed In 2008 in order to lay the groundwork for the bigger prize, Obamacare. Then, insurance companies warned that there was far too little time to create these networks in rural areas because they lacked the administrative means necessary to organize such networks throughout rural America. The warning was ignored by Democrats who were hell-bent on passing Obamacare and moving toward a single-payer, government-run health care system.

In the run-up to the decisive vote on Obamacare, the president repeatedly argued, and very pointedly to seniors: “If you like your current insurance, you can keep it.” How many times did we hear that directly from the lips of the President of the United States and his spinmeisters on the Sunday talk shows?

Well, it now turns out that this promise was not true. It was a lie even though it is not politically correct to accuse the president of employing such tactics. I honestly believe this lie was perpetrated for but one purpose: to put seniors in a bind with their supplemental insurance coverage so that the single-payer, government-run option was the only option they could rely upon for the coverage they so desperately need at this point in their lives.

How sad it is for all Americans, those who supported the president and those who disagreed, that he permitted his own warped ideology to misrepresent vital facts in order to get his agenda forced upon the American people. We are not sheep who will blindly follow a community organizer who temporarily whipped the masses into believing that he was their savior. Hopefully, we will only have to put up with these betrayals for two more years.

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