WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., issued the following statement regarding the proposed cuts to the Medicare Advantage program announced Friday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
“Medicare Advantage allows seniors to choose the health care that best meets their personal needs, and Medicare Advantage plans have been at the forefront of driving innovation in care coordination and quality improvements. The administration’s plan to make severe cuts to Medicare Advantage confirms what I and other Senate Republicans have long warned: Obamacare will be devastating to our seniors. It seems that every week, we have yet another example of why this terrible law needs to be repealed and replaced. It is simply wrong and unfair to continue to allow Obamacare to inflict pain on more and more Americans. Every single American should be exempted from this monstrosity.”
To fund new entitlement spending, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, cut $716 billion out of the Medicare program, with $308 billion from Medicare Advantage. On Friday, CMS announced its rate notice to further cut Medicare Advantage, likely leading to higher premiums, loss of benefits and fewer choices for seniors enrolled in these popular plans.
Anticipating this news, Isakson just last week signed a bipartisan letter with 39 other U.S. senators to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavener urging the administration to minimize the impact of Medicare Advantage cuts and make only policy changes that “ensure continued access and high quality care for America’s seniors, persons with disabilities and other beneficiaries.”
In 2009, Isakson voted to strike the Medicare Advantage cuts that were proposed in the legislation that created Obamacare.