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Kathleen Sebelius, and Her Supposed Concern for Medicare Advantage

9:35 AM, Mar 10, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
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President Obama’s Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius professes to have acquired a newfound concern for Medicare Advantage, the popular program from which the Obama administration would loot more than a quarter of a trillion dollars during Obamacare’s real first decade (2014 to 2023).

Kathleen Sebelius, and Her Supposed Concern for Medicare Advantage

Sebelius claims that the House continuing resolution (H.R. 1) “would seem to” require “that payments to MA [Medicare Advantage] organizations would have to be suspended, risking a significant disruption in services to beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage.” In fact, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) doesn’t list a single dime in changes to Medicare funding under H.R. 1, as H.R. 1 would defund Obamacare, not the programs that Obamacare would defund. 

But there would certainly be a disruption in services to huge numbers of beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage if Obamacare isn’t repealed. The CBO projects that, from 2014 to 2023, $254 billion would be siphoned out of Medicare Advantage and spent on Obamacare.

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