Burr proposes “you’re on your own” Medicare coverage

He’s at it again.  A few years ago, Senator Richard Burr was proposing so-called health insurance “reform” plans that had absolutely no chance of going anywhere.  They were just transparent political ploys to gain positive press and make it look like the Senator was actually doing something.

Today Burr proposed his latest package.  Rather than getting serious about trying to contain costs in our Medicare program, Burr’s latest bill gives seniors a “set amount of money” and then lets them go out and make their best deal on a private health plan.  Of course, they might be able to buy a government plan too, but no guarantees that it – or any plan – will cover all the benefits seniors need.

It’s classic “you’re on your own” health coverage, except this one’s aimed at our parents and grandparents.  It won’t go anywhere, isn’t a serious proposal, and is an insult to all the people who worked so hard to contribute to Medicare and are still doing so.  I wish Burr would get involved with the great projects and programs in our state that are testing ways to save money and improve the quality of care in Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance – in case you didn’t know, we are a national leader in this area.  But I guess scoring political points is more important.

9 Comments

  1. david esmay

    February 16, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Richard Burr, one of only three senators to vote against the congressional insider trading act, he’s never been one to let principles get in the way of greed. He needs go back to selling lawnmowers.

  2. Eye

    February 16, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    I love Senator Burr. He’s an effective GOP Politician. Really. Seriously. I’m not kidding. Can’t you tell ….. http://republicanagainstburr.blogspot.com/

  3. Frances Jenkins

    February 17, 2012 at 1:52 am

    The program will be broke by 2016. What do you propose? Someone has to think about fixing the program. Obama is certainly not paying attention.

  4. gregflynn

    February 17, 2012 at 5:42 am

    The claim that Medicare would be broke by 2017 was false when it was first made and is even more false after the “Affordable Care Act”.

  5. Frances Jenkins

    February 17, 2012 at 7:05 am

    Sen. Corburn on Morning Joe must have been out of his mind this morning when he repeated this same information and even cited the source.

  6. gregflynn

    February 17, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Coburn is exaggerating. Medicare part A is the primary source of this claim, and specifically one of the trust funds that partly funds it, the HI Trust Fund. According to the trustees report:

    The financial status of the HI trust fund was substantially improved by the lower expenditures and additional tax revenues instituted by the Affordable Care Act. However, the HI trust fund is now estimated to be exhausted in 2024

    The trust fund supplements payroll tax revenue because costs exceed payroll tax income. In 2024 it is projected that taxes will cover 90 percent of estimated expenditures, without further action, hardly a definition of “broke”.

  7. IA

    February 17, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Have they considered no longer allowing people to qualify for Medicare due to disability after 1/1/14 when the exchanges open and no one can be declined?

  8. Adam Searing

    February 17, 2012 at 9:40 am

    In NC we are prepared to see if we can save substantial amounts of money and deliver much better and coordinated care to thousands of people on Medicare by bringing them in to our Community Care of NC program. They get assigned a family doctor (if they don’t already have one) and we have 14 local Community Care centers that cover the entire state that can help do things like review their medications, coordinate services so once they leave the hospital they don’t come back in and so on. This is part of the Affordable Care Act’s national effort to improve care for our oldest citizens while bringing costs under control. Burr should be proud of his state – as you should be too Frances – that we are so innovative. But I guess crass politics and staring at foolish talking heads on cable television trump actual dedication to improving our health system.

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