September 23, 2014

Medicare Scare Ad Makes False Claim of Cuts for Seniors

June 28, 2012
Bloomberg Businessweek

Excerpt

Joshua Gordon, the Concord Coalition’s policy director, questions using the term “benefit cut” to describe some of the changes that could occur.

“You could be a 65-year-old senior in South Florida who is healthy and getting a free gym membership and you could lose that free gym membership,” he said. “We do not consider that a benefit cut.”

While it’s unclear whether the savings will lead to benefit cuts, the 2012 Ryan budget proposal, issued in 2011, “clearly was a cut to benefits in Medicare,” Gordon said. “The initial cut with Democrats happens to providers, and the initial cut with Republicans happens to beneficiaries,” he said.