Seniors and Older Adults – Obama is Playing You for Fools!


by Jayne D. Frank

Seniors, you have heard so many arguments about Obamacare and especially the argument from the Obama campaign that there really is nothing to the 12-person board established under Obamacare.  I will cut to the chase and make it clear and simple for you to understand with a few direct excerpts from the law:

  • The Board is established to make sure that “during the 10-year period after implementation, that there is no increase in total amount of net Medicare program spending.”  How on earth do you NOT severely hurt and ration care to existing Medicare patients when there are millions of new Medicare patients going on the program every year?
  • The Board is entrusted with the duty and mandate to “help reduce the growth rate” of Medicare.  Again, how do you reduce the growth of Medicare other than the options of rationing care, not paying your doctors to treat you, or throwing you out of the program?
  • The Board is to “improve healthcare delivery systems and health outcomes, care coordination, efficiency improvement.”  This board has been set up for no other reason than to take money from the Medicare system and give it to the Government to spend elsewhere on more “productive” citizens (to quote Barack Obama).
  • The Board is to look at direct subsidy payments to Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Programs.  Millions of seniors rely on Medicare Advantage and for Obama to say that these plans will not be affected is a direct lie to all Americans.
  • Qualifications for the Board are individuals with national recognition for expertise in health finance or economics, cost-sharing, etc.”  Do you honesty think those qualifications have anything to do with making sure you continue to receive good care from your doctor?
  • The Board “may accept gifts or donations…..”  Having previously worked for a Defense Contractor which barred us from receiving gifts or donations, do you think there is anything positive for seniors that would result from special interests getting direct access and favors from Board members?
  • Board members are to be given compensation (plus expenses) equal to Level III Executive Schedule Section 5315 Title 5 of U.S. Code salaries.  In looking up who presently gets this level of compensation from the taxpayers, the list is below:
Level III of the Executive Schedule applies to the following positions, for which the annual rate of basic pay shall be the rate determined with respect to such level under chapter 11of title 2, as adjusted by section 5318 of this title:
Solicitor General of the United States.
Under Secretary of Commerce, Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs, Under Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration, and Under Secretary of Commerce for Travel and Tourism.
Under Secretaries of State (6).
Under Secretaries of the Treasury (3).
Administrator of General Services.
Administrator of the Small Business Administration.
Deputy Administrator, Agency for International Development.
Chairman of the Merit Systems Protection Board.
Chairman, Federal Communications Commission.
Chairman, Board of Directors, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Chairman, Federal Trade Commission.
Chairman, Surface Transportation Board.
Chairman, National Labor Relations Board.
Chairman, Securities and Exchange Commission.
Chairman, National Mediation Board.
Chairman, Railroad Retirement Board.
Chairman, Federal Maritime Commission.
Comptroller of the Currency.
Commissioner of Internal Revenue.
Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.
Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller).
Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness.
Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.
Do you possibly think that with a $16 trillion debt, that the American Taxpayer can afford to have its taxes increased , senior services cut and our Military cut to pay for Board salaries and perks equal to the offices above?
Obamacare must be repealed and replaced with a fair and economically feasible system which does not mandate and target takeover of our Nation’s healthcare system.  If you re-elect Barack Obama who has failed on every aspect of his job but has created the most disastrous piece of legislation of our generation, you will be responsible for changing healthcare quality as we know it.  Please get off your comfortable couches, rain or shine, tell your friends, and go to your polling place on November 6 to take back your healthcare!

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