Thom Tillis Throwback Thursday: Kay Hagan Raided Medicare To Pay For ObamaCare

Thom Tillis - US Senate redRALEIGH, NC June 12, 2014 – It’s “throwback Thursday” and a new ad reminds North Carolinians that Kay Hagan cut Medicare for seniors to pay for ObamaCare, in addition to her repeated false promises that North Carolinians would be able to “keep” their health-care plans if they liked them.

Hagan cast the deciding vote for ObamaCare, which cut Medicare funding by $716 billion, including over $200 billion in cuts to the popular Medicare Advantage program. The cuts will lead to devastating benefit reductions of about $1,500 per beneficiary, and many seniors have already lost their health-care plans and doctors as a result.

Hagan broke her repeated promises to North Carolina seniors that they would not see a drop in their Medicare coverage as a result of ObamaCare.

  • “When asked about cuts in Medicare as a result of health care legislation, Hagan replied, ‘I keep hearing that, and I can guarantee people will not see a drop in their Medicare coverage.’” (Kevin Reid, “Sen. Hagan Plays Key Role In Health Care Legislation,” Thomasville Times, 11/18/09)
  • HAGAN: “We are putting forward our healthcare reform bill. We’re debating a pro-patient, pro-consumer bill. It’s going to protect Medicare and it’s going to bring down the cost of prescription drugs for seniors,’ Hagan said.” (Caroline Curran, “Senate Votes To Begin Debate On Healthcare Bill,” Brunswick Beacon, 11/24/09)

Even worse, Hagan repeatedly voted against attempts to restore the disastrous cuts to Medicare Advantage.

“Time after time, Kay Hagan gave North Carolina seniors her word that she would protect Medicare, but then broke her promise by raiding Medicare by $716 billion to pay for ObamaCare,” said Tillis for U.S. Senate communications director Daniel Keylin. “Because of Hagan’s disastrous cuts to Medicare Advantage, benefits will be reduced by $1,500 per senior, and many seniors have already lost their health-care plans and their doctors as a result. North Carolina needs a Senator like Thom Tillis who will keep their word and fight to protect Medicare, not destroy it.”

BACKGROUND: Kay Hagan Raided Medicare To Pay For ObamaCare

Kay Hagan Cast The Deciding Vote For ObamaCare. (H.R. 3590, Roll Call Vote #396: Passed 60-39, 12/24/09, Hagan Voted Yea)

ObamaCare Cut Medicare By $716 Billion. “On July 24, the Congressional Budget Office sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, detailing the budget impact of repealing the Affordable Care Act. If Congress overturned the law, ‘spending for Medicare would increase by an estimated $716 billion over that 2013–2022 period.’” (Sarah Kliff, “Romney’s Right: Obamacare Cuts Medicare By $716 Billion. Here’s How.,” The Washington Post, 8/14/13)

ObamaCare’s Medicare Advantage Cuts Will Lead To Benefit Reductions Of About $1,500 Per Beneficiary. “Obamacare’s Medicare Advantage cuts will lead to benefit reductions of about $1,500 per beneficiary, according to a new analysis from a conservative think tank. The American Action Forum, founded by former Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin, said almost all Medicare Advantage beneficiaries will feel the effect of cuts to the program.” (Sam Baker, “Study: Cuts To Medicare Advantage Top $1,500 Per Senior,” National Journal, 4/17/14)

Over Half A Million Seniors Who Rely On Medicare Advantage Have Lost Access To Their Health-Care Plans. “Some 526,000 seniors — 5% of Medicare Advantage enrollees — are losing access to plans they had this year, according to a report this week from the Kaiser Family Foundation. They will need either to pick another private plan or rejoin the old Medicare program. (John Merline, “ObamaCare Cuts Bite Medicare Advantage,” Investor’s Business Daily, 11/26/13)

In 2010, Hagan Voted To Kill An Amendment That Would Have Prevented Cuts To Medicare Advantage. (H.R. 4872, Roll Call Vote #72: Motion To Table Agreed To 56-42, 3/24/10, Hagan Voted Yea)

In 2009, Hagan Voted Against A Motion That Would Have Allowed Medicare Advantage Enrollees To Retain Their Existing Benefits. (H.R. 3590, Roll Call Vote #370: Rejected 42-57, 12/8/09, Hagan Voted Nay)

In 2009, Hagan Voted Against A Motion That Would Have Prevented Medicare Cuts In The Bill, Including Cuts To Medicare Advantage. (H.R. 3590, Roll Call Vote #358: Motion Rejected 42-58, 12/3/09, Hagan Voted Nay)


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