Pushes for plan that would move healthier seniors to plans run by big insurance, sending Medicare costs skyrocketing and the program into a death spiral
LITTLE ROCK — This weekend, Rep. Tom Cotton doubled down on his irresponsible plans for Medicare, telling a newspaper in Blytheville that he believes private insurance companies should compete with Medicare, which Arkansas seniors have paid into over a lifetime of hard work.
Of course, as studies have shown, giving insurance companies access to the Medicare population would mean healthier seniors are poached from the program, leaving older seniors and those with health complications to drive up costs.
According to the Blytheville Courier: “Cotton supports … allowing private insurance to compete with Medicare.”
Last week, Pryor introduced the Medicare Protection Act in the Senate, a bill to reinforce the guarantee of Medicare for seniors. Pryor’s legislation will make it more difficult for anti-Medicare lawmakers to turn it into a voucher system, cut benefits and raise the age of eligibility.
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