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  •  Amen brother (11+ / 0-)

    Calling the office and others until they bleed and scream would be a good start.  It certainly seems to be easier to persuade Democrats than Republicans since the GOP is about being conservative, which is of course "selectively" choosing how to care.  We need to be focusing on 2014, not chained CPI but sadly, we're being dragged into chained CPI.

    All fire power must be directed at giving Obama and the Democrats in Congress hell until chained CPI is flushed down the toilet.

    •  Not just the Chained CPI. If you've read the (10+ / 0-)

      Budget, you'll understand that we must stop the deep cuts to Medicare that will affect the pocketbooks of seniors, too.

      Expanding the means testing of Medicare 'slightly' would not be a problem.  

      But I don't agree with the 'large' expansion from 5% to 25% of the most affluent seniors (because it dips too low in relatively modest income folks).

      However, the two cuts that I'm the most concerned about are the imposition of a Medicare Premium Surcharge, across the board, with no means testing as far as I can make out, for folks with no and low deductible [or lower 'first dollar' coverage] Medigap Insurance, and the initiation of a new co-pay for home health visits.

      Again, as far as I can tell, this is also applied across-the-board.  I've seen between $100-$150, and variations on whether that's for a visit, or a block of [three] visits, when not accompanied by surgery.  Hope to pin down the exact policy soon.

      Regardless, those 'reforms' are WAY too expensive for the average senior.

      So folks, be sure and call the WH on these proposed 'reforms'--home health visit co-pays and the new Medicare premium 'surcharge' of approximately 33% of one's Medicare Premium, for the privilege of carrying a decent Medigap health insurance policy.

      All these proposed cuts absolutely 'cut the rug out from under low- and middle-income seniors' ability to buy Medigap insurance,' and therefore afford to have much needed surgeries such as knee or joint replacements, etc.

      In the end, these changes could make the Chained CPI look like 'chump change.'  [It's hard to tell until we're able to get the 'final' figures.  But it sure doesn't look good.]

      Here's the White House Comment Line (live and recording):  


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      by musiccitymollie on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 10:23:03 PM PDT

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