Tighten the screws on the lying right…
(Cross-posted from TPM Café Castaway . . .)
Recall the Republican meme during the 2010 elections that the Obama Medicare plan was going to cut seniors’ Medicare benefits and the premiums would increase?
Well… As we all know – if one were to actually have a grip on the facts – the Republicans and there bastard offspring in the Tea Party were full of crap.
In 2010 there were 11.7 million seniors in Medicare Advantage plans, the private insurance alternative to Medicare. The CBO predicted Medicare Advantage enrollment would be 10.2 million in 2012. Health and Human Services now project that figure will be 13.1 million. And, in the words of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, “On average, Medicare Advantage premiums will go down next year and seniors will enjoy more free benefits and cheaper prescription drugs.”
By Phil Galewitz,
Enrollment in the plans, which now cover about a quarter of all Medicare beneficiaries, is expected to grow by 10 percent in 2012, said Jonathan Blum, deputy administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Blum said health plans are also lowering co-payments and deductibles.
He attributed the premium drop to the agency’s strong negotiations with plans, as well as to the companies’ continuing desire to serve the market. (continues…)
And the following is the data compiled by the Kaiser Family Foundation
This data spotlight examines enrollment trends in Medicare Advantage plans in 2011 and finds that despite concerns about the effects of the 2010 health reform payment reductions on private Medicare Advantage plans, enrollment continued to rise this year. Additionally, Medicare Advantage enrollees are paying lower premiums, on average, than they did in 2010. Preferred Provider Organizations gained more enrollees than any other plan type, while enrollment in Private Fee-for-Service plans continued to decline.The analysis was conducted by a team researchers at Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. and the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Data Spotlight (.pdf)