Democrats’ New Super Committee Proposal Includes $400 Billion In Medicare And Medicaid Cuts http://t.co/F0fdtwyb [ThinkProgress]

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Medicare, Medicaid Still Paying for Blood Drugs Despite FDA Warnings

Amgen and Johnson & Johnson have made billions in sales of the drugs. When the FDA issued its warning this summer, both companies issued detailed statements, including comments from their respective medical experts, on how the new information would help inform physicians. But sales are down, and Amgen last month announced a tentative $780 million settlement with the federal government over its sales and marketing practices for the anemia drugs, including doctor payments. The company said at the time that “if the ongoing settlement discussions are successfully concluded, Amgen expects that the proposed settlement will resolve the federal investigations, the related state Medicaid claims and the claims” in a major court case.
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Romney Unveils Plan To Revamp Medicare, Medicaid

The Wall Street Journal: Romney Proposes Voucher Option For Medicare Plan The Romney Medicare plan could become a hallmark of the presidential campaign of 2012 should he win the Republican nomination. Democrats had already planned to make the Ryan Medicare plan, which they call privatization, a centerpiece of their efforts to unseat Republicans in Congress. Now Mr. Romney has thrust the future of Medicare more directly into the presidential race. Ben LaBolt, a spokesman for the Obama re-election campaign, charged that Mr. Romney’s budget proposal “would leave millions of older Americans to fend for themselves” under a privatized Medicare. Romney campaign aides reject the term “privatization” to describe their approach (Weisman and O’Connor, 11/5).
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Colors of Lupus Urges Congress to Shield Medicare, Medicaid

Medicare Element D, for case in point, lessens federal shelling out by $ twelve billion by covering medications that are presently trying to keep seniors out of the emergency space. Medicare Component D provides far more than 29 million Americans access to prescription medication at costs they can manage. Ahead of the development of Medicare Part D in 2006, a lot of therapies had been also expensive for as much as a 3rd of the elderly population. With no Medicare Element D, a lot of seniors would have forego such prescription drugs, in which scenario it?s only a matter of time before they conclude up in the hospital, driving charges up for taxpayers.
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Health Care Reform Update: Where Are We, and What’s Up for 2012? 

[1]As referenced in previous Alerts, Health Care Reform consists of two separate laws, the Patient Protection and Affordability Care Act of 2010 (PPACA), Pub.L. 111-148 (March 23, 2010), and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (HCERA), Pub. L. 111-152 (March 30, 2010). The laws often are collectively referred to as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). [2] The Urban Institute, "America Under the Affordable Care Act" at http://www.urban.org/publications/412267.html (site visited Oct. 25, 2011). [3] Kaiser Family Foundation Health Reform Source Implementation Timeline at http://healthreform.kff.org/timeline.aspx (site visited Oct. 25, 2011). [4] See, e.g., MedPAC Report to Congress: Medicare Payment Policy (March 2010) noting that in 2010, overall payments to plans average an estimated 113 percent of original Medicare fee-for-service (
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Colors of Lupus Urges Congress to Protect Medicare, Medicaid

“Those of us advocating on behalf of those victimized by this silent killer, lupus, and other debilitating autoimmune diseases, thank Senator Reid for his efforts to protect our vital access to treatment and for the medicines critical to sustaining quality lives and saving lives of those most vulnerable,” Ang said. “Without access or means for affordable treatments as provided by Medicare Part D, there is no hope, and without hope those afflicted and suffering from grossly debilitating diseases such as lupus are, and will continue, to be cast aside, alone, defeated and scared.”
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Daily Kos: No Cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid

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The American Spectator : The Spectacle Blog : Pushback on Romney’s Medicare Strategy

Not that Romney’s plan is necessarily bad: depending on the details, one could even argue that a reform that gave seniors a choice between private plans and traditional Medicare could prove to be a better solution than the Paul Ryan premium-support model. Romney, however, hasn’t spelled out those details. There’s no reason to praise him, or even think that he’s not just leading conservatives on, until he commits to some specifics. 
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New Poll: New Mexicans Overwhelmingly Support Medicare, Medicaid

The poll, which was conducted by Research and Polling, Inc., for six advocacy groups, shows that the vast majority of voters (83 percent) believe Medicaid is important to residents in New Mexico with 66 percent saying Medicaid is very important. Medicaid is the health program for the disabled, seniors in nursing homes, low-income children, and impoverished families. The majority (59 percent) of voters do not believe there should be any reductions in Medicaid spending as a way to reduce the federal debt.
Source: nmvoices.org

Super Committee Dems Again Offer to Cut Medicare Benefits

Instead, Democrats chose to totally throw away this potential political advantage. In the 2012 election the American people will now choose between two parties that want to cut your Medicare benefits. The fact that one claims to want to cut your Medicare benefits slightly less will be little comfort and make little difference to many regular voters.
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Healthcare Bulletin: Medicare Premium, Coinsurance, and Deductible Rates for 2012

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