Rep. Bill Johnson: Obamacare's 'Broken Promises' Hurt Seniors

Saturday, 15 Mar 2014 08:17 AM

By Cathy Burke

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Older Americans are bearing the brunt of President Obama's "broken promises" on healthcare — paying more and getting less because of the Affordable Care Act, Ohio Rep. Bill Johnson charged Saturday in the GOP weekly address.

Johnson said seniors who rely on the popular Medicare Advantage are getting hammered because of Obamacare, forced to shell out "higher premiums and out-of-pocket costs," and in many cases, losing access to their regular doctors.

"If the president won’t help us repeal this law in its entirety, he ought to step up here, do the right thing, and protect our seniors," Johnson urged. "And he ought to do this soon."

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Johnson said more than 794,000 seniors in Ohio rely on Medicare Advantage, and that four years ago, Obama promised his signature healthcare law would protect their benefits — allowing them to hold onto their plans and their doctors.

"I don't want to interfere with people’s relationships between them and their doctors," Johnson quoted the president saying.

"But the reality is," Johnson said, "that not only is the president’s healthcare law interfering with these relationships – it’s ending them altogether."

Johnson noted the president has repeatedly turned a deaf ear to pleas for a plan to deal with the price and access problems caused by Obamacare.

"Just this week, a bipartisan coalition of more than 200 members of the House and Senate came together to press the Obama administration on this issue," he noted. "Because this transcends politics. This is about keeping the promises we make to the American people."

The lawmaker said doctors, too, are concerned about the effects of Obamacare on their older patients.

"One told me that many seniors in our area who need to see a specialist will now have to drive up to Cleveland or Pittsburgh to receive care," he said. "Another cited hundreds of cases in which patients were blindsided by these changes."

"Older Americans deserve better," Johnson said. "They deserve the benefits they were promised."

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