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Rubio Condemns ObamaCare Raid on Medicare Advantage

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today condemned the Obama administration’s announcement to cut payments to Medicare Advantage (MA) in order to fund ObamaCare.

In a video message, Rubio pointed to the administration’s raid on MA as the latest example that the health care law is unsustainable, condemning the impact these cuts will have on millions of seniors across the country, particularly in Florida.

“Reducing payments to Medicare Advantage providers is going to constrain provider networks, it’s going to cut benefits, it’s going to increase seniors’ co-payments,” Rubio said. “This is going to hurt seniors of all backgrounds and income levels, and our state of Florida is going to be especially hurt by this.

“Big business and unions are getting relief, health insurance companies are going to get their taxpayer-funded bailout when ObamaCare fails, but no one is standing up to protect seniors who are going to be hurt by this raid on Medicare — a raid that’s being used to pay for the rest of ObamaCare,” Rubio added. “It’s wrong. And it’s another reason why this law needs to be repealed and replaced.”

View Rubio’s full remarks on YouTube here. For television stations interested in airing today’s remarks, a broadcast quality video is available here.

A full transcript of the video message is available below:
Today the Obama administration has announced how to cut payments for Medicare Advantage, a program that millions of seniors in Florida and across the country have. And the reason they’re doing it, by the way, is not to save Medicare, it’s to pay for other parts of this flawed ObamaCare law.

Reducing payments to Medicare Advantage providers is going to constrain provider networks, it’s going to cut benefits, it’s going to increase seniors’ co-payments. This is going to hurt seniors of all backgrounds and income levels, and our state of Florida is going to be especially hurt by this.

And then last week, the President circumvented ObamaCare again. He delayed the employer mandate simply because he decided to do it. Big business and unions are getting relief, health insurance companies are going to get their taxpayer-funded bailout when ObamaCare fails, but no one is standing up to protect seniors who are going to be hurt by this raid on Medicare — a raid that’s being used to pay for the rest of ObamaCare. It’s wrong. And it’s another reason why this law needs to be repealed and replaced.

 

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