28 August 2009

GOP's Outrageous Lies Try To Scare Seniors

The RNC is circulating a spurious poll designed to scare seniors with questions like, "Are you concerned that the Democrat's Health Plan will deny coverage to Republicans?" Damn, one longs for the horsewhip, tar, feathers and rail of yore.

Here from Obama's Organizing for America, "President Obama's plan for health insurance reform is good for seniors, because reform......

will STRENGTHEN Medicare. Reform will improve Medicare's quality of care by cutting down on paperwork, focusing on wellness and prevention, and rewarding doctors for the care they provide instead of how many procedures they do. This all adds up to more choices and better care.

... will NOT cut our Medicare benefits. President Obama has clearly said, "nobody is talking about cutting Medicare benefits." And AARP agrees that reform will simply eliminate billions in giveaways via the Medicare Advantage program that boost insurance company profits -- but don't help folks like us.

...will SAVE us money. Reform will close the doughnut hole in Medicare Part D that's costing people so much money for prescription drugs, and eliminate co-pays for preventative care like cancer screenings and immunizations.

... will SAVE Medicare in the long run. If we do nothing, costs will keep rising and the Medicare trust fund will be at risk of going bust within a decade. Reform will save Medicare from bankruptcy and ensure we get the care we need for years to come.

... will HELP our loved ones. Reform will extend coverage for young people, stop insurance companies from charging women more or cutting care when you need it most. And most importantly, reform will make it illegal to deny coverage because of a pre-existing condition.

In so many ways, reform will help every American struggling with our health insurance system -- especially seniors. But insurance companies that want to protect their profits and partisan attack groups that want to weaken President Obama at any cost are spreading rumors to scare folks like us into opposing the reform we need. It's outrageous.

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