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Ohio Medicare Recipients Watching Fed Funding Battle

July 14, 2008

Columbus, OH – The President and Congress are squaring off over a key funding question for Medicare. Congress this past week approved a new funding plan for Medicare. Ohio Senators Voinovich and Brown both voted in favor of the new plan. However, President Bush is threatening a veto, saying it reduces health care provider choices for seniors.

Cathy Levine, representing the Universal Health Care Action Network Of Ohio, says the proposed plan is better than the Medicare Advantage Plans promoted by the administration because it improves physician compensation, which encourages the doctors to participate in Medicare.

"Adequate physician payments are critical in order to make sure that Medicare beneficiaries have access to the quality providers they need."

The American Medical Association and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) both support the new Medicare funding plan, saying it will give beneficiaries a better choice of physicians. Plan supporters say Congress has enough pro-plan votes to override a veto.

Instead of improving physician compensation, the Bush Administration prefers the private insurance option, arguing it can better control costs. Levine counters that the Medicare Advantage Plans being promoted by the administration are a rip-off.

"This is nothing more than payments on steroids to insurance companies at the expense of consumers and their physicians."

Jim Mishler/Steve Powers, Public News Service - OH