60 Plus Disrespects America's Seniors By Producing Another Lie-Filled Anti-Reform Ad

January 26, 2010 2:45 pm ET

The anti-health care reform group 60 Plus has put together yet another fact-less ad aimed at convincing seniors to oppose health care reform legislation.  No matter how many elderly former government officials 60 Plus taps to appear in their ads, the group is still incapable of producing material that contains anything resembling factual information.

60 Plus Ad - "C. Everett Koop"

Narrator: Dr. C. Everett Koop was a pioneering pediatric surgeon, and a renowned Surgeon General.

Dr. Koop: I'm 93 and thank God for every year. I'm here with 2 artificial joints, 2 pacemakers to keep my heart in rhythm, as well as a stent to keep my coronaries open. Seniors in this country can get the care I received, but in some places, like the United Kingdom, we would be considered too old and the cost to the state too high. It is vital that America's seniors understand what Congress is doing. But Democrats are working on a health care bill -- and keeping the discussion and specifics secret. We seniors are concerned about proposals that would reduce Medicare spending. The Administration promised transparent deliberation, which has not been forthcoming. America deserves better than this.

Narrator: Call Congress and tell them to start over and get health care right. [60 Plus ad via Politico, 1/26/10]

60 Plus Wrong On United Kingdom's Treatment Of Seniors

In Reality, Over 60% Of Hip Replacements In Canada & Britain Are Performed On Patients Over 65 Years Of Age. As reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "At least 63 percent of hip replacements performed in Canada last year and two-thirds of those done in England were on patients age 65 or older. More than 1,200 in Canada were done on people older than 85." [St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/16/09]

Democratic Reform Proposals Ensure Seniors Aren't Denied Care By Insurance Companies

FactCheck.org: Current Legislation Will Prevent Insurance Companies From Rationing Care To Customers.  According to FactCheck.org: "Rationing? That occurs on a regular basis today, whenever insurance companies or government programs like Medicare reject claims, or when the companies drop people who have become ill for not disclosing often minor and unrelated preexisting conditions. Under pending legislation, insurance companies would be unable to deny coverage to individuals because of preexisting conditions." [FactCheck.org, 9/9/09, emphasis added]

House And Senate Bills Include Cost Savings Measures That Will Direct Medicare Dollars To Treatment Instead Of Administrative Costs

"None Of The 'Savings' Or 'Cuts' (Whichever You Prefer) Come From Reducing Current Or Future Benefit Levels For Seniors." According to FactCheck.org, "The House bill would trim projected increases in payments for hospitals, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies and others, including home health care providers and suppliers of motor-driven wheelchairs. But it also proposes what CBO estimates is a $245 billion increase in spending for doctors, by canceling a scheduled 21 percent cut in physician payments. None of the 'savings' or 'cuts' (whichever you prefer) come from reducing current or future benefit levels for seniors." [FactCheck.org, accessed 9/9/09]

CBO: Cost Changes To Medicare Made From Savings. According to the CBO letter to Senator Baucus: "Changes to the Medicare program and changes to Medicaid and CHIP other than those associated directly with expanded insurance coverage:  Savings from those provisions are estimated to total $93 billion in 2019, and CBO projects that, in combination, they will increase by 10 percent to 15 percent per year in the next decade." [CBO.gov, 10/7/09]

Health Care Reform Legislation Ensures Better Payments For Medicare Doctors

Both House And Senate Bills Include Measures To Support Doctors.  According to a study conducted by the Commonwealth Fund: "The House and Senate bills include a number of provisions to increase primary care payment rates under Medicare and Medicaid, cover effective preventive services without patient cost-sharing, and support community and employer prevention and wellness programs.  These provisions could begin to change the orientation of our health system toward primary care and away from specialty care, counter the impending shortage of primary care providers, and lay the groundwork for more fundamental payment reforms." [Commonwealth Fund, November 2009]

Democratic Health Care Reform Legislation Reduces The Deficit

Senate Health Care Bill Will Reduce Deficit By Over $120 Billion In Ten Years.  According to the Associated Press, the Senate health care reform "bill would reduce deficits by $127 billion over a decade and by as much as $650 billion in the 10 years that follow." [Associated Press via MSNBC, 11/18/09]

CBO: Democratic Bill Would Cost $1 Trillion, Cut Deficit By $109 Billion. According to the Congressional Budget Office's analysis of the Democratic health care plan:

Reflecting the change noted above, CBO and the staff of JCT now estimate that, on balance, the direct spending and revenue effects of enacting H.R. 3962, incorporating the manager's amendment, would yield a net reduction in federal budget deficits of $109 billion over the 2010-2019 period.

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The estimate includes a projected net cost of $891 billion over 10 years for the proposed expansions in insurance coverage. That net cost itself reflects a gross total of $1,052 billion in subsidies provided through the exchanges (and related spending), increased net outlays for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and tax credits for small employers; those costs are partly offset by $167 billion in collections of penalties paid by individuals and employers. [CBO, 11/6/09; emphasis added]

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