RSC chair says Biden's cuts to Medicare Advantage the first step to 'Medicare for all'

 February 5, 2023

The chairman of the Republican Study Committee Kevin Hern (R-OK) told Breitbart last week that the Biden administration's plans to make cuts to Medicare Advantage are the "first step" to an eventual move to Medicare for all.

Biden quietly dropped plans to cut $4.7 billion in overpayments over the next decade, as well as cuts up to an average of 2.3% in payments for those who use the program, which is currently 48% of Medicare recipents.

Medicare Advantage is a Medicare part C plan, in which seniors can enroll rather than original Medicare. In some cases it saves seniors money to do so.

It is a public-private partnership in which insurers get fixed payments from the government and then pay the expenses of enrollees.

Better benefits

“Public-private partnerships like Medicare Advantage [MA] provide more choices and better benefits for our seniors; we need to look to the successes of programs like MA and replicate these efforts across other government programs. The private sector has always delivered better results,” Hern explained. “Biden just cut nearly $5 billion in funding for Medicare Advantage, and this is just his first step. The end goal is to get everyone – not just seniors – onto government-controlled, Medicare-for-All plans.”

One of the biggest drawbacks of Medicare is that not all doctors take it, because the payments from the government are fairly low compared to other health insurance programs.

Now, Biden plans to cut the amount doctors can be paid even lower, which means that some doctors may stop taking it or cut their services.

Furthermore, weren't Democrats just yelling about Republicans' so-called plans to attempt cuts to Social Security and Medicare as part of the debt ceiling fight?

Biden is the one cutting entitlements

It turns out Biden is the only one cutting Medicare for seniors (McCarthy said he was taking those cuts off the table from the GOP).

But Biden is actually doing it, not just talking about it.

“The White House is pushing a false narrative that Republicans are cutting Medicare as a distraction tactic to hide the fact that they really are cutting Medicare programs for seniors," a Republican staffer said to Breitbart. "You can’t make this up!”

Bipartisan letter

Some Democrats (and Republicans) are calling him on his plans, however; a group of 62 Senators wrote him a letter asking him not to make the cuts.

The group included Sens. John Fetterman (D-PA), Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ), and Jon Tester (D-MT).

“We ask that the Administration provide a stable rate and policy environment for Medicare Advantage that will strengthen and ensure the long-term sustainability of the program—protecting access to its important benefits on which our constituents have come to rely,” the senators said.

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