Obamacare Built On The Backs Of The Elderly

Published 4:31 pm Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Editor, The Herald:

This is in response to a letter published in your 9-29-10 newspaper. The author praises “Obamacare” and Tom Perriello who voted for it. The writer suggests that we consider the facts. This is a good suggestion; therefore, let's do just that.

“Obamacare” is to be funded largely on the backs of the elderly.

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In his analysis of the report of the Medicare Board of Trustees, Richard Foster, Medicare's chief actuary, states that rates for doctors and hospitals serving seniors will be cut by 30% over the next three years. Altogether, “Obamacare” “cuts $818 billion from Medicare Part A. (hospital insurance) from 2014-2033. Adding in 'Obamacare' cuts for Medicare Part B (physicians fees and other services) brings the total cut to $1.05 trillion over the first 10 years and $4.95 trillion over the first 20 years.”

Did Mr. Perriello read the 2,000-plus page bill before he voted for it? If he did, why did he not understand that such draconian cuts will reduce the medical service and quality of service provided to seniors of the Fifth District?

This writer has lived in a country with government-run health care, and, “It ain't, pretty, Charlie Brown!” If “Obamacare” remains in force, reduced quality of care, an absence of timeliness, and limited professional expertise can be expected by every citizen in the Fifth District.

“Obamacare” is one costly, ill-formulated, bureaucratic cataclysm that seniors don't need!

Fillmer Hevener