A Washington, D.C.-based center-right nonprofit launched a $500,000 campaign Wednesday to fight the Obama administration’s attempt to make cuts to Medicare Advantage, the private-sector part of Medicare.
Over 3.3 million seniors could see major negative changes to their care if Obama’s plan is implemented.
American Action Network (AAN) is allocating $300,000 in funds for national television ads and $200,000 for digital ads featuring lawmakers, including Sen. [crscore]Pat Toomey[/crscore] of Pennsylvania, Rep. [crscore]Bob Dold[/crscore] of Illinois and Rep. [crscore]Jan Schakowsky[/crscore] of Illinois. The television campaign encourages Americans to call on their representatives to push back against the proposal.
“This is Medicare Advantage. Great health benefits that millions of retirees rely upon. But the Obama Administration is at it again, trying to cut Medicare Advantage,” the ad says. “Cuts that will reduce benefits and lead to higher costs for retirees. What’s worse, Obama’s cuts could be finalized by April 4th. But Congress can stop them. ”
The administration plans on making cuts to employer- and union-sponsored Medicare Advantage somewhere between two and 4.5 percent in 2017.
“Like a recurring nightmare, millions of seniors are once again facing Medicare cuts under President Obama,”AAN President Mike Shields said in a statement. “The administration is specifically targeting these plans for cuts and hoping the public won’t notice. But Medicare recipients are paying attention – and they are going to hold their elected officials accountable for doing something about it.”
A group of over 35 organizations called The Coalition to Save Medicare Advantage Retiree Coverage, has also recently announced its plan to prevent the change from being finalized.
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