Concord - National Journal reports that a new study released today shows that ObamaCare's Medicare Advantage cuts will lead to benefit reductions of 12.53% per beneficiary in New Hampshire, or about $1,267.82 per New Hampshire senior. In New Hampshire, 13,666 seniors rely on Medicare Advantage plans (6% of all Medicare enrollees.)
For years, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Representative Annie Kuster and Representative Carol Shea-Porter have dishonestly misled New Hampshire seniors into believing that ObamaCare would protect Medicare. In 2010, Shaheen voted to kill an amendment that would have prohibited cuts to Medicare Advantage.
"Senator Shaheen, Representatives Kuster and Shea-Porter lied when they said Granite Staters could keep their insurance if they liked it under ObamaCare and they lied to New Hampshire seniors when they promised that this terrible law would protect Medicare. Their trail of broken promises reminds their constituents that the failed Obama-Shaheen policies are damaging our state and hurting our friends and neighbors," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "After marching in lockstep with President Obama and blindly supporting his healthcare agenda, Senator Shaheen, Representative Kuster and Representative Shea-Porter have lost touch with New Hampshire values and proven that they don't deserve to be re-elected in November."
Shaheen Said ObamaCare "Protects Medicare Benefits." "Through increased efficiency, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act extends the life of Medicare, removes waste and fraud, lowers costs for seniors, and protects Medicare benefits." (Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, "Shaheen Applauds Passage Of Preventative Health Care, Medicare Protection Measures," Press Release, 12/3/09)
In March 2010, Shaheen Voted To Kill An Amendment That Would Have Prohibited Cuts To Medicare Advantage Under ObamaCare. "Baucus, D-Mont., motion to table (kill) the Hatch, R-Utah., motion to commit the bill to the Finance Committee with instructions that it be reported back with changes that would prohibit cuts to the Medicare Advantage program and provide for an offset if the Health and Human Services Department certified that at least 1 million Medicare Advantage program participants would lose benefits under the changes in the reconciliation measure or the 2010 health care overhaul law. The bill would make changes existing health care law, revise student lending procedures and provide new revenue-raising provisions." (H.R. 4872, CQ Vote #72: Motion agreed to 56-42: R 0-40; D 54-2; I 2-0, 3/24/10, Shaheen Voted Yea)