The American Action Network released a study showing that seniors from California’s 10th Congressional district will face $1,573.28 in cuts each under the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare.
U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) said in a statement that ACA cuts more than $300 billion from Medicare Advantage, placing an unbearable burden on the vulnerable and drastically growing senior citizen population.
“Central Valley seniors can’t afford to bear the brunt of these costs,” said Denham. “Thousands of seniors in my district rely on Medicare Advantage plans for their healthcare needs, from routine visits to emergency care. They’ve already started to see their plans cancelled and costs rise.”
“It is clear that the President’s healthcare law threatens the well-being of our seniors, which is why I introduced the Seniors’ Right to Know Act, H.R. 4201, this past March,” added Denham. “This bill would ensure that the millions of seniors enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans are told how the Affordable Care Act is affecting the healthcare plans that they rely on every day.”
The study examines the impact of Medicare Advantage (MA) cuts for individual congressional districts nationwide. The study examines how much on average a senior’s MA has been cut in each congressional district by comparing MA rates from before the ACA with the actual benefit cuts each year since the ACA, including the latest round of MA cuts finalized.
“More than 40 significant alterations have been made to the healthcare law since its enactment,” said Denham. “Many of those were made unilaterally by the Administration. It’s clear that the law is not working as intended. Instead, our seniors are suffering the consequences.”
About 30 percent of all Medicare beneficiaries, or nearly 16 million seniors across the country, are enrolled in Advantage plans.