Below is a letter I sent to the Press Gazette yesterday.
In his 9/26 letter, Jim Gayhart writes that, "[t]he health care bill Kagen supported carves out $500 billion over 10 years, mostly through the elimination of waste, fraud and abuse."
Unfortunately, that's simply not true.
The non-partisan Tax Foundation broke down the $500 billion number and much of it comes from changes to the fee for service rates in Medicare and Medicare Advantage.
The ultimate effect of this law still remains to be seen. But it is certainly possible that the Medicare Advantage plans used by many seniors here in NE Wisconsin could change as a result of the health reform law that Steve Kagen voted for.