Richard Carmona’s Status Quo Approach to Medicare Guarantees its Bankruptcy


Jeff Flake

Richard Carmona’s new ad ignores that he supports a massive $716 billion cut to Medicare 

PHOENIX – Democratic Senate candidate Richard Carmona’s new ad says that he’ll protect Medicare. However, he supports President Obama’s expensive health care law, which harms Medicare by cutting $716 billion to pay for it.

Moreover, Richard Carmona doesn’t have a plan to deal with the long-term solvency of the Medicare program. Neither do his fellow Democrats in Washington. If nothing is done, Medicare will go bankrupt.

Offering Arizona voters nothing but bromides and support for the President’s expensive health care law, Richard Carmona is the last person seniors can trust to protect Medicare,” said Andrew Wilder, communications director for Flake for Senate.  “Arizonans expect leadership on the tough issues facing our country. Richard Carmona is unwilling, while Jeff Flake has a proven record of it.”

Jeff Flake supports a plan that will protect current Medicare benefits for people 55 and older, and makes commonsense reforms to strengthen and preserve the program for future generations. Richard Carmona opposes such aplan, preferring to do nothing.

BACKGROUND… 

According To The Nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, Obamacare Cuts $716 Billion From Medicare. (Congressional Budget Office,Letter To Speaker John Boehner, 7/24/12) 

President Obama’s Senior Campaign Aide Has Bragged That President Obama “Achieved” $700 Billion In “Cuts In Medicare.”CUTTER: “Well, you know ask the wealthy to pay a little bit more. Cut waste from the government. Reform Medicare. More than $300 billion in savings from Medicare. On top of the savings we’ve already achieved. You know I heard Mitt Romney deride the $700 billion cuts in Medicare that the president achieved through health care reform.” (CBS’s “Face The Nation,” 8/12/12)

 

Over The Next 10 Years, ObamaCare Will Cut $11.8 Billion From Medicare Plans That Arizona Seniors Rely On For Their Health Care Needs. (Robert A. Book and Michael Ramlet, “What Is The Regional Impact Of The Medicare Fee-For-Service And Medicare Advantage Payment Reductions,”University Of Minnesota’s Carlson School Of Management, 9/12)

Stay up to date on Richard Carmona’s campaign to be a rubberstamp for Democrats’ liberal agenda in Washington by visitingwww.RubberstampRich.com.

For more information on Jeff Flake and why he’s running for the U.S. Senate, please visit his website at www.JeffFlake.com.

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Comments

  1. The Flakester is a dyed-in-the-wool supporter and head-job for illegal aliens. The mob from Mexico is costing this country $160 billion a year, to which Flake has no objection to. How many more programs over and above Medicare have or will go broke under the strain of the Flake-sanctioned invasion? U.S. citizens in Arizona were kicked off AHCCCS if they lacked a minor child in their household because the system was overloaded with SCOTUS-mandated healthcare for border hopping invaders. Flake seems to have no problem denying healthcare to U.S. citizens as long as his invading illegal ilk are available to bend and stoop cheaply for his mentor, the Western Growers Association. It is time to send this treasonous S.O.B. to the showers – permanently!

  2. Conservative American says:

    Want to talk about healthcare? Let’s talk about healthcare! Let’s compare the healthcare training and experience of Dr. Richard Carmona with that of Jeff Flake!

    Dr. RICHARD CARMONA

    Richard Carmona was a Registered Nurse and then became a physician, receiving the prestigious gold-headed cane as the medical school’s top graduate.

    Trained in general and vascular surgery, Dr. Carmona also completed a National Institutes of Health-sponsored fellowship in trauma, burns, and critical care. A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Carmona was recruited jointly by the Tucson Medical Center and the University of Arizona to start and direct Southern Arizona’s first regional trauma care system.

    Dr. Carmona would later become chairman of the State of Arizona Southern Regional Emergency Medical System, a professor of surgery, public health and family and community medicine at the University of Arizona, and the Pima County Sheriff’s Department surgeon.

    In 2002, Dr. Carmona was nominated by the president and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate to become the 17th Surgeon General of the United States. As Surgeon General, Carmona focused on prevention, health disparities and emergency preparedness to protect the nation against epidemics and bio-terrorism. He also issued a groundbreaking report on the dangers of second-hand smoke.

    Now, let’s look at Jeff Flake’s healthcare training and experience.

    JEFF FLAKE

    Jeff Flake has NO healthcare training or experience at all.

    Who do you want representing your healthcare concerns in Washington, D. C., a professional politician with NO healthcare training or experience or a medical doctor with extensive training and experience who has served as Surgeon General of The United States?

    :-( JEFF FLAKE: THE WRONG MAN FOR THE JOB! :-(

  3. I don’t want a democrat in the Senate. Except, Jeff Flake isn’t exactly running away with this race because he’s got the same problem as McCain. The nasty fight is strictly reserved for Republicans not Democrats. If Jeff Flake’s biggest claim to fame is that he never voted for earmarks, he’d best wake up now. Conservatives know that his disposition toward immigration will cost AZ much more than pork ears ever will. We’re looking at the next six years with a pro-amnesty Democrat instead of a pro-amnesty Republican, if Flake doesn’t do some flipping of his own.

    • Conservative American says:

      Hi, Jane 001! Haven’t seen a post from you in a LOOOONG time! ;-)

      You’re hitting at the big underlying issues. First, voters can’t count on an “R” or a “D” after a candidate’s name to indicate adherence to a collection of core values shared by all or most members of a particular political party. Secondly, there is the issue of giving voters a CHOICE on major, important issues.

      Illegal aliens and illegal immigration are HUGE issues for Arizona and Arizonans. Those are issues on which we should have a clear choice when there is an election for something as important as U. S. Senator from Arizona! With Flake versus Carmona, however, we are being DENIED a choice. We are being denied a choice BECAUSE Jeff Flake supports the illegal alien amnesty schemes of the Democrats!

      Carmona is in line with the position of most Democrats. Flake, however, is a Benedict Arnold, a traitor to Republicans who have insisted that we first secure the border and THEN discuss immigration reform. I simply will not vote for a Benedict Arnold traitor!

      In war, uniformed enemy combatants are treated as POW’s according the the Geneva Convention. Traitors are executed. That reflects the heinous nature of treachery.

      When Romney becomes president, the end runs around Congress being done by Obama will stop. Even if Republicans just maintain control of the House, illegal alien amnesty legislation can be stopped dead in it’s tracks no matter what the Senate does. So I would rather have somone representing Arizona in the U. S. Senate who is honest and straight up about what they support than a Jeff Flake who is a self-admitted liar and who, while he bills himself as a Republican, supports Harry Reid and Dick Durbin in their efforts to pass illegal alien amnesty legislation!

    • Hello Conservative American. I agree with you that voters can’t count on an R or a D, except I don’t think that it was ever the plan that we be counting on them at all. We started out with the privilege and right of representing ourselves in Congress, but long ago we started hiring professionals and carpetbaggers to do our work for us. Flake-Carmona-Republicans-Democrats are symptoms of our own stupidity. It’s no secret that Jeff Flake is a shaky conservative. I’m just interested in buying time at this point to mitigate the marxist train steam rolling through America. Jeff Flake is a liability on many fronts. If it weren’t for the surreal life-sucking, God-hating, liberty-hating UN treaties that Democrats are trying to pass, Jeff Flake-in or Jeff Flake-out wouldn’t matter to me.

  4. Take note of the statement below that says, “Medicare Advantage plans [provider companies] will be required to maintain a medical loss ratio (i.e., the share of federal payments and beneficiary premiums spent on medical services) of at least 85 percent, limiting the amount spent on administrative expenses, including profits, beginning in 2014.”

    That’s where the saving comes from, the limiting of the amount spent on administrative expenses, including profits by those companies offering Medicare Advantage plans. About 40% ($286 billion) of the cuts in the ACA, which are actually savings consist of reductions in the subsidy paid to Medicare Advantage, the private competitor to traditional Medicare.

    Don’t read the following IF you truly do NOT wish to know what the reductions will be to the current Medicare Advantage Plans.

    See: kff.org/healthreform/upload/8071.pdf

    The 2010 health reform law includes provisions to eliminate relatively high payments to Medicare Advantage plans, financially reward high-quality Medicare Advantage plans, and strengthen protections for consumers enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans.

    The difference between Medicare payments to private plans and Medicare fee-for-service costs varies depending upon whether the scheduled 21 percent cut in Medicare payments to physicians occurs. Medicare payments to plans would have averaged 113 percent of Medicare fee-for-services costs in 2010, if Congress had not acted to prevent the scheduled 21 percent reduction in physician fees under Medicare as of January 2010. If Congress enacts legislation to prevent the physician fee reduction for all of 2010, MedPAC estimates payments to plans would average 109 percent of Medicare fee-for-service costs in 2010.

    The 2010 health reform law includes provisions to strengthen protections and coverage for beneficiaries in plans.

    • Medicare Advantage plans will be prohibited from having higher cost-sharing requirements than traditional fee-for-service Medicare for chemotherapy, renal dialysis, skilled nursing care, and other services the Secretary of HHS deems appropriate, beginning in 2011.

    • Medicare Advantage plans will be required to maintain a medical loss ratio (i.e., the share of federal payments and beneficiary premiums spent on medical services) of at least 85 percent, limiting the amount spent on administrative expenses, including profits, beginning in 2014.

    • Enrollees in Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plans (MA-PDs) will be entitled to improved coverage in the Part D coverage gap.

    The health reform law of 2010 makes a number of additional changes to the Medicare Advantage program, driven largely by concerns about the current payment system and its effect on Medicare spending. The 2010 changes are intended to bring average payments to plans closer to the costs of traditional fee-for-service Medicare, reward higher quality plans with bonuses, and strengthen protections for beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans.

    See: kff.org/healthreform/upload/8071.pdf

    The subsidies paid to Medicare Advantage, the private competitor to traditional Medicare has represented overpayments to a subsidized private system that increased overall costs.

    ~OGD~

    uclahealth.org/homepage_med.cfm

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