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RetireSafe Calls on Seniors to Grab their Bullhorns to Save Medicare from Rationed Care
Date:11/23/2009

Says cutting Medicare to finance "reform" is a moral outrage

WASHINGTON, Nov. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While the Senate Democrats moved forward to begin the debate on their health care "reform" bill this weekend, RetireSafe, a 400,000 supporter strong grassroots senior advocacy group, is calling on all of America's seniors to grab their bullhorns to protest the massive cuts to Medicare. RetireSafe President Thair Phillips said, "Seniors are watching the focus shift to issues like taxes, abortion, and immigration, while the simple, uncomplicated fact the legislators are skirting is: This bill cuts Medicare by almost $500 billion."

RetireSafe is sending an action alert to its supporters warning that the Senate legislation would ration their care. "If seniors fail to shout out their opposition to those cuts, then we will certainly be looking at the rationing of health care benefits to the older Americans who have paid into the program their entire lives and are now counting on its benefits," Phillips stressed.

Phillips noted that rationing is a real and not unintended consequence of the proposed legislation in both the House and the Senate. According to Phillips, RetireSafe is very concerned about the future well-being of seniors if Congress doesn't rethink this huge cut to Medicare. He said, "While there are ways to reform health care, cutting a program that is already strapped for funds is clearly not the answer. If fraud and inefficiencies exist in Medicare, let's prosecute the fraud and find and eliminate the inefficiencies and use the money to shore up this life saving program seniors depend on. To cut Medicare funding to finance 'reform' is more than unfair, it's a moral outrage."

Phillips questioned the government's payment rationale for health reform and its claim that after 44 years of running Medicare, they suddenly discovered $500 billion of waste and inefficiency. Phillips conti
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