Another Gotcha Moment: GAO Confirms Obamacare’s ‘Senior Swindle’
BOHEMIA, NY, July 13 – “Jeff Anderson of The Weekly Standard has scored another scoop. Last May, he exposed a hidden feature of Obamacare – a taxpayer-funded $8.5 billion scheme to cover up the likely loss of supplemental Medicare Advantage coverage for seniors. Now, he’s gotten hold of a letter from the General Accounting Office that the GAO is concerned about the legality of what Anderson called ‘Obama’s Senior Swindle’,” said Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.
The president needs seniors to vote for him if he is to win re-election, Weber pointed out. “That’s why he can’t afford to let them know that he’s tricking them. By using this so called demonstration project, Mr. Obama is delaying big increases in Medicare Advantage premiums until after the election. Otherwise many seniors will protest the expected increases by denying his reelection.”
Weber explained that the increases are the result of changes from provisions in Obamacare “and that’s why he’s willing to spend your big bucks to keep his little secret under wraps. Just how far is he willing to go to win a second term?”
In his article this week in the Standard, Anderson writes: “in a letter to [Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen] Sebelius dated July 11, 2012 and obtained by THE WEEKLY STANDARD, Lynn Gibson, the GAO’s general counsel, writes that the GAO remains “concerned” about the administration’s “legal authority to undertake the demonstration.”
The demonstration referred to in the letter was described by Anderson this way in his May article: “[the administration] launched an $8.35 billion ‘demonstration project’ to postpone the vast majority of Obamacare’s Medicare Advantage cuts until after what Obama likes to call his ‘last election’. In truth, this isn’t really a demonstration project at all. It’s something closer to the opposite: an attempt to keep Obamacare’s effects from being demonstrated until it’s too late for voters to respond.”
The GAO also questioned the scope of the demonstration project, according to Anderson, noting “that there have been 85 other Medicare demonstration projects conducted in the 17 years since 1995. According to the GAO, Obama’s $8.35 billion gambit will cost more than all 85 other Medicare demonstration projects combined.