Rhetoric v. Reality: Obamacare’s Impact on Medicare

Republican Rhetoric:

The greatest threat to Medicare is Obamacare, and we’re going to stop it.

     - Rep. Paul Ryan

The scene was a community center in South Florida Tuesday where Gov. Rick Scott’s staff had filled the room with senior citizens, whom Scott thought would all start screaming bloody murder about Obamacare….

[T]he governor had a narrative to tell: Obamacare stinks! So, as the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported, Scott informed that crowd that seniors everywhere had told him horror stories, especially that their Medicare programs “are being cut to pay for Obamacare.”

     - Orlando Sentinel

Reality:

As for Medicare, there’s distinctly good news. The continuing drop in healthcare expenses has made Medicare healthier — the estimated date of its trust fund’s depletion has been moved out by four years, to 2030. If you’re keeping track, that date has been moved off by a total of 13 years since enactment of the Affordable Care Act.

     - LA Times

Since Obamacare was enacted, the Medicare hospital insurance trust fund depletion has been extended 13 years, from 2017 to 2030.

     - Washington Times

Looking for complaints, Rick Scott instead finds praise for Obamacare …. The 20 seniors assembled for a roundtable with Scott at the Volen Center were largely content with their Medicare coverage and didn’t have negative stories to recount….

"I’m completely satisfied," Harvey Eisen, 92, a West Boca resident, told Scott….

Ruthlyn Rubin, 66, of Boca Raton, told the governor that people who are too young for Medicare need the health coverage they get from Obamacare….

Their stories didn’t jibe with the governor’s view. When Scott asked one woman if she’d seen any changes in her Medicare Advantage coverage. “Not really,” she responded. A man said he was “very happy” with his coverage. Another woman said she and her husband are “very pleased.” Another man reported “no problems.”

     - Sun Sentinel

FOR SENIORS, $11.5 BILLION IN DRUG SAVINGS SINCE 2010 — HHS announced today that 8.2 million Medicare beneficiaries have saved an average of $1,407 on prescription drugs through donut-hole discounts and rebates since the ACA’s enactment in 2010.

     - Politico

Medicare Trust Fund Chart, Before/After Obamacare:

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