Topic: Medicare

Steve Israel D-ny
Medicare Part D had the same rollout problems as the Obamacare online marketplaces
With Medicare Part D people were overwhelmed with 70 to 100 plans to choose from. The Democrats weren't happy with the bill or its botched roll-out, but were generally supportive and worked to help people sign up.
Barack Obama
How many of Obama's campaign promises has he kept?
PolitiFact has compiled more than 500 promises that Barack Obama made during the 2008 and 2012 campaigns and is tracking their progress on our Obameter45 percent were kept and 25 percent were compromised.  Check it out.

Pope Francis
Pope Francis attacks 'Idolatry Of Money', slams Capitalism, tell the rich to pay their share.
In an 84-page document which is essentially the official platform for his papacy, Pope Francis beseeches politicians to guarantee all citizens "dignified work, education and healthcare". He condemns an economy of exclusion and inequality. Read about his first year.
Nat. Republican Congressional Committee says Obamacare includes a "$700 billion cut from Medicare for seniors".
The numbers are right, but the intent is false. There is reduction in spending to Medicare outlays, but it’s fueled by finding savings in the program, a move that Republicans actually supported in the Ryan budget. Medicare spending still increases in the coming years.
Gov Terry Mcauliffe
State Medicaid expansion "will save Virginia's treasury $1 billion over the next eight years."
The research concludes that Medicaid expansion will save $601 million over the next eight years if approved by the legislature. The analysis he cites says the state will save another $420 million from other provisions in Obamacare, regardless of whether it broadens Medicare,
Under Obamacare, patients 76 and older must be admitted to the hospital by their primary care physicians in order to be covered by Medicare.
These fabrications originated in 2009 as part of a widely distributed 'letter from Judge David Kithil', which contained many totally false criticisms of "Obamacare" health care reform legislation.
Chain Email
New tax increases that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2015, "all passed under the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare."
The email is flat-out wrong when it blames Democrats, and Obamacare for the increases. The bulk of the tax hikes stem from a different bill entirely -- one that received support from a large majority of Senate Republicans and a significant minority of House Republicans.
Stuart Varney, Fox News
"It will cost $50,000 per enrollee in Obamacare over the next 10 years."
This seems to come directly from an article in the Daily Mail. It’s most glaring defect is that it compares a 10-year cumulative total to a single-year snapshot of the number of people who gained insurance.
Texas Democratic Party
Rick Perry failed to "partner with the Legislature to find a Texas solution to closing the insurance coverage gap."
It’s safe to say around a million Texas adults fall into the coverage gap for making too little money to qualify for insurance subsidies and also remaining ineligible for Medicaid unless Texas expands access as encouraged by the Obamacare law and rejected by Perry and the state’s ruling Republicans.
Richard Corcoran
"Medicaid patients were 97 percent more likely to die than those with private insurance."
Corcoran was citing a 2010 University of Virginia study that looked at Medicaid patients who underwent surgery, not all people in the program.  Other studies show using Medicaid improves access and quality of life for many patients, or at the very least doesn’t hurt them.
Sarah Silverman
Says Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has stated that supporting the "right to health care ... means you believe in slavery."
Silverman forwarded a social media meme shortened with Paul’s comments to fit the available space. The meme has been abridged from the full quote, but PolitiFact saw no significant change in his meaning and also found no evidence that Paul had backtracked on the views he expressed.
Chain Email
Chain email says Medicare won't pay for 'observational' stay in hospital due to Obama-Care.
Medicare does pay for in-hospital observational care, but medicare considers it outpatient treatment if there is no diagnosis, so it does not qualify the person for nursing home followup care. This has nothing to do with Obama-Care.   The claim is not only ridiculous but also dangerous, by urging ailing patients to leave the hospital for no good reason.
Maggie Hassan
New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan says "Six thousand people have sought addiction treatment through expanded Medicaid."
There is no question that substance abuse in the state of NH is a real and pressing problem, and the statistics show that thousands have sought help as a result of the state’s expanded Medicaid program. The real total is closer to 2,000 -- about one-third the amount Hassan cited.
Bernie Sanders Vt Senate
"We spend almost twice as much per capita on health care as do the people of any other country."
The United States spends more on health care per capita than other countries, but not always twice as much. European countries with extensive social service networks aren’t so far behind the United States.
Scott Walker
Obamacare doesn’t require members of Congress "to abide by the same rules that all of the other Americans do."
Health care reforms established a marketplace for small businesses to sponsor health care coverage for their employees. Members of Congress get healthcare with government like other large companies, but their staff can use the exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act just like their constituents would.


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