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RetireSafe Blasts Plan to Pay for Health Care Reform With Huge Medicare Cuts
Date:6/10/2009

Calls Obama's Rationing-by-Bureaucrat Proposal an Outrage to Older Americans

WASHINGTON, June 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today the 400,000 strong senior-citizen group RetireSafe blasted President Obama and his Congressional allies for proposing to cut $500 billion or more from Medicare to pay for "health care reform." Thair Phillips, the new president of RetireSafe, called the plan "an insult to every older American."

Said Phillips, "I'm outraged that President Obama would first plan to reform health care on the backs of seniors, and secondly propose to set up MedPAC as the final Medicare payment authority with a primary mission of cutting Medicare services that seniors need and depend on. If America needs health care reform to cover the uninsured it should be accomplished without cutting and gutting Medicare."

Phillips also blasted AARP for abandoning seniors by supporting this plan that can only be described as void of fairness and compassion. He asked, "Who's best interest is really at AARP's heart here? Themselves or the people they are supposed to protect? Why isn't AARP opposing this catastrophic plan?"

According to Phillips, seniors will be the ones to pay. He said, "What services will be cut by these politicians and bureaucrats? Will they cut home health care services, forcing seniors into institutions? Will they ration drugs and diagnostic services, forcing more beneficiaries to emergency rooms and hospitals? Will they put the best hospitals, hospitals that specialize in orthopedic or cardiac care, off-limits for Medicare patients? Will they continue to cut physician pay until every good doctor flees Medicare? Or will they use price-controls that will destroy the innovation we need to conquer diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, cancer, heart attacks and strokes? Over 10 years, how many seniors will suffer and die because of this outrageous plan?"

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