One of the latest targets of Obamacare’s rollout is Medicare Advantage. Medicare Advantage (or Medicare Part C) offers private alternative plans instead of traditional Medicare coverage for Medicare enrollees. These plans often include more services for an additional fee, and operate under different rules. Last year, more than one in four Texas Medicare beneficiaries chose to enroll in these plans.
Obamacare’s provisions include significant cuts to the amount Medicare pays to private plans under Medicare Advantage, a change which will ultimately decrease benefits provided to seniors. In February, Senator Cornyn joined fellow Senate Republicans in a letter to Kathleen Sebelius to protect seniors from higher costs and limited options. He also made the case against these cuts on Fox News in March.
Almost one-third of American Medicare beneficiaries nationwide have enrolled in Medicare Advantage. Seniors like the increased innovation, choice, and range of services that it offers. This private sector alternative continues to attract more and more seniors, but major budget slashes will ultimately push seniors onto a single payer plan.
Thanks to the political pressure exerted by Senator Cornyn and others, the Obama administration relented on these proposed cuts—for now. Analysts still anticipate similar cuts through Obamacare in 2015.
This is yet another reason why Senator Cornyn has worked to stop Obamacare since before it even became law.