James R Berrey of Panama City says:
After reading the article "Florida can't afford Medicare cuts," in the Panama City News Herald I had inform Seniors and military retirees what was in store for them once ObamaCare took control of their health care.
With approximate $85 billion mandatory sequestration cuts with $10 billion of these cuts from Medicare, seniors will have longer wait times, including layoffs, even inadequate resources for our state's nursing homes.
Reductions will hit patients who suffer from cancer, hepatitis, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis as they are seeking to reduce the current reimbursement rates for drugs covered under Medicare part B.
How will this effect you? Would mean a death sentence for me.. Convicted of murder with a death penalty in Florida, you may end up on death row supported by taxpayers for maybe thirty six years or longer, while under ObamaCare I could expect to live less than one year.
Having served in the USAF for twenty five years, sixteen years overseas, 1952 - 1975, with the promised free health care for you and spouse the rest of your life. The government closed most military hospitals in 1994 to balance the budget, putting military retirees on their own on reaching age 65. A long fight with Congress and the Courts went on for years. The court agreed, however it was up to Congress to budget the cost. As I reached age 65 in the year 1999 and ended up with Medicare and a civilian supplement insurance, with no health care provided by our government. The fight went on for the promise, delayed by our Congress. Approximate three years later Congress agreed, and passed Legislation for military retirees over age 65 on Medicare, paying for part B, would now qualify for supplement government insurance called Tricare For Life (TFL). Not free as promised but as the older retirees ended up giving in for what they thought was the best they could do. Understand, Tricare For Life is only as good as Medicare, as Medicare is the first payer. Military retirees thought "For Life" meant just that.
Our President and DOD has been slowly chipping away at Tricare, now even wanting a mandatory yearly fee, plus the Medicare plan is out to cut Part B drugs that are injected or infused directly in the blood stream.
Remember I said a Death sentence would result. I have a cancer, or should say three cancers. Multiple Myeloma, Light Chain and Amyloidosis. started in the year 2009. Keep in mind there is no known cure, started Chemo infused directly into the blood stream. Run out of time, and started pills, Revlimid which laid me up for over a year, loss of body functions, plus in a coma for a period of time. After I regained some strength I started Velcade injections, which gave me a life once again. Being I have just about reached the suggested time limit, taking me off the chemo injections would be the same as a death sentence. The same could be for many Florida's seniors.
As the News Herald stated Florida's Medicare providers and patients have already been hit hard. Our state's representatives in Washington should tell those who want more cuts that enough is enough.
I will go a little further and tell those in Washington, Republicans are wasting their time with House votes, 37 to date to repeal ObamaCare with the Senate failing to take any action. Telling your constitutes you voted to repeal ObamaCare means nothing. My advice is to change your strategy. How? Knowing you can not stop the funds for ObamaCare, you do have the power to refuse to appropriate funds that are essential to operating ObamaCare... The House has within its power to refuse to appropriate discretionary funds that are essential to implementing ObamaCare. That is if when they claim to oppose ObamaCare they find the gumption to take the necessary action. Suggest you let your representatives know you are watching them.