To The Daily Sun,
The whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God. Did Mr. L.J. Siden tell the whole truth, or did he leave out vital facts in his letter of Dec. 13? Broad statements without facts to prove a point is unacceptable. I would never dream of telling people where to research, this is agenda journalism by a person with only talking points.
I think Mr. Siden knows he gave limited information about "Death Panels." Does he know who the AARP Health Corporation works hand-in-hand with? Does he know their connection with Obamacare? Does he know AARP is an affiliate of Obamacare, and they have made millions and billions of dollars off Medicare.
AARP has made $2.8 billion by supporting Obamacare's cuts to Medicare. Let this information open up Mr. Siden's synapses in his brain and let the flow begin.
Obamacare cuts $716 billion from Medicare in order to pay for its $1.9 trillion expansion of coverage to low-income Americans. Why would AARP support a law that most seniors oppose? Senator DeMint from South Carolina states, "It's because those very same Medicare cuts will give the AARP a windfall of $1 billion in insurance profits, and preserve another $1.8 billion that the Health Corp. already generates from its business interests." In other words the AARP is depriving Medicare of benefits.
AARP isn't your every-day citizens advocate group, is it? I have declined my subscription to monthly payments a long time ago because of their deceptions. It is one of the largest private health insurers in America. In 2011 AARP generated $458 million in royalty fees from so-called Medigap plans nearly twice the $266 million the lobby received in membership dues.
Members of Congress to Supremes: Strike "Death Panels — 12-4-14. " Dozens of members of Congress joined in a court brief asking the Supreme Court to take up a challenge to Obamacare's Independent Advisory Board, the assembly of appointed individuals described by some critics as a "death panel" for its power to impose its will on doctors, hospitals and patients." This board is unelected, unaccountable, and is unanswerable to Congress.
IPDF is described as a way to control Medicare costs, with the authority to approve or disapprove payments for services and set the level of payment. Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., a doctor states, "As reimbursement rates are cut to doctors, access is reduced for the needy, I fear for Medicare patients."
The rationing of care is why, critics say, the institution is being called a "death panel" members would only need to lower physician reimbursement for a particular life-saving procedure, increase the expense of medicine to an impossible level, and physicians would be unable to provide the service, resulting in the deaths of those who might have benefited. It is happening right now. As I said in my previous letter about the woman in Oregon who was denied oncology meds for her lung cancer and eventually expired. Our treasured veterans were denied care by the fuzzy numbers game being played by the Veterans Administration.
In conclusion the destructive, defaming of character and intelligence of Betsey McCaughey, Ph.D., and patient advocate is unacceptable and unconscionable. The AARP needs to apologize to Betsey and stop hiding behind deceptive language and practices.
My last piece of information is as follows: AARP Medigap plans are also exempted from the ban that requires insurers to take all comers, regardless of pre-existing conditions. Mr. Siden also needs to apologize because he is spreading propaganda by ignoring pertinent facts. Two plus two does not equal five.
Please google AARP and read the many articles concerning the Health Corporation, there are many sites of truth.
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