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).
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be a disruption in services to huge numbers of beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage if Obamacare isn’t repealed.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.