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GOP Lawmakers Protest Medicare Probe as ‘Gag Order

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by Jerbear, Sep 23, 2009.

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  1. Jerbear

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    Jane Zhang reports on health care policy.

    Some Republican lawmakers and the insurance lobby are crying foul over Medicare’s investigation of Humana Inc.’s effort to enlist beneficiaries to fight proposed cuts to Medicare Advantage.

    “It looks likes CMS is engaged in government intimidation, pure and simple,” said Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan, the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee. He wrote to CMS (the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) today, requesting it to “immediately suspend the virtual gag order.”

    House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio also said CMS imposed a “gag order.” “It is outrageous that the Obama Administration is trying to keep seniors in the dark about the consequences of congressional Democrats’ costly government-run health care bills,” Boehner said in a statement. “Would the Administration impose this sort of gag order if seniors were being given information promoting the Obama health care plan?”

    Medicare Advantage plans, the private insurance plans offered under Medicare, the government program for the elderly and disabled, are targets for cuts in heath care overhaul legislation because they cost more, per beneficiary, than traditional Medicare.

    On Friday, CMS said it was examining whether Humana violated Medicare marketing rules or other federal laws, and asked the company to shut down a Web site that helped beneficiaries generate letters to lawmakers opposing the cuts, and to stop sending letters to beneficiaries enlisting their support in the fight.

    The agency sent a letter on Monday to all plans, warning them not to send letters about the proposed cuts and called the effort misleading to beneficiaries.

    The action came at the urging of Democratic Sen. Max Baucus of Montana, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, who has proposed Medicare Advantage cuts that are estimated at $123 billion over 10 years as part of his health overhaul legislation.

    A spokesman said Humana has complied with CMS’s requests and is cooperating with the investigation, but it still believes beneficiaries “deserve to know the impact” of the proposed funding cuts. A spokesman for America’s Health Insurance Plans, the industry trade group, also said “seniors have a right to know.”


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    What happen to free speech? Is the first amendment gone now?


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  2. Jerbear

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    There is a pdf file that has the letter to the medicare advantage people. View it before it is taken off the web.

    Above is a link to the letter Humana is/was sending out. Welcome to the communist state of America.


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    With the election of Obama, the American people, for the first time, are getting to see what the left really stands for, and what its goals actually are. Authoritarian (not to say totalitarian) with no tolerance for dissent or disagreement on any subject, and willing to use any and all methods (legal and illegal/unconstitutional) to suppress dissent. If they are able to consolidate their power, freedom will soon be nothing more than an historical footnote.

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