Thursday, March 18, 2010

Kagen loses on Medicare Advantage

It was clear at Kagen's second round of listening sessions last summer that he though protecting Medicare Advantage was important to the people of WI-8. He undertook to convince the crowd that he wast trying to do just that, and it was the Democratic leadership that was trying to end or reduce the program.

Then in a September commentary, Kagen said:
Successful programs like Medicare, Medicare Advantage, the Veterans Health Administration and the life-saving SeniorCare plan work, but can be better.
So how did this particular "successful program" fair under the latest House version of healthcare? Not so well:
Sec. 1102. Medicare Advantage payments. Freezes Medicare Advantage payments in 2011. Beginning in 2012, the provision reduces Medicare Advantage benchmarks relative to current levels. Benchmarks will vary from 95% of Medicare spending in high-cost areas to 115% of Medicare spending in low-cost areas. The changes will be phased-in over 3, 5 or 7 years, depending on the level of payment reductions.
I don't know enough about the Medicare Advantage program to say if this particular provision is a good idea or not, but it was clear to me that Kagen wanted to protect this program. It seems he has failed in this attempt.

I wonder if this will be enough for him to vote NO.


Dad29 said...

Doesn't make any difference.

What you cite will NOT come to fruition. Only the Senate Bill will prevail. All the rest is BS.

Jeremy R. Shown said...


You seem confident. Do you have it on good authority?