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MEDICARE: Obama plan will raise seniors’ costs

Letter by Billie Jean Tilstra, Graham on Aug. 20, 2012 at 12:36 pm | 32 Comments »
August 20, 2012 1:21 pm

Re: “Facts get in the way of GOP’s rhetoric on Medicare” (Eugene Robinson column (TNT, 8-17).

It is quite obvious that Robinson is not cared for through Medicare services. He is very blithe that President Obama’s removal of $700 billion from Medicare will not affect seniors because its purpose only is to slow the growth of payments to Medicare service providers. He states no impact is felt by seniors themselves.

Who does he think will provide the care for the seniors? Service providers are only being paid a pittance of what their services actually cost. If lowered even still, many will no longer be able to afford to care for Medicare patients.

I already know of one senior whose doctor, although caring for her for years, told her she must find another doctor because he can no longer afford it.

Robinson states seniors’ benefits and costs will remain the same. Seniors already are seeing their costs rising. When this amount of money is taken away, it is seniors who will be paying the difference.

Where will the doctors come from? We are already short of physicians. Not many will be interested in pursuing a career in medicine.

When Robinson receives the same care that we seniors do, then he can preach to us. In the meantime, he should stop letting his biases get in the way of real reporting.

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