The Obama administration warned insurance companies Monday that they could face legal action for allegedly trying to scare seniors with misleading information about the potential for lost benefits under health care legislation in Congress.
A private company will get in trouble because of they exercise their free speech to inform their participants on possible upcoming changes to ther coverage? Only in Cuba, North Korea, and Venezuela !! At the request of Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont), Senate Finance Committee Chairman, the administration says in the notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS):
“As we continue our research into this issue, we are instructing you to immediately discontinue all such mailings to beneficiaries and to remove any related materials directed to Medicare enrollees from your websites.”
Obama’s administration has not named an administrator for the CMS, so it leaves one to wonder if the White House is directly invloved in this First Amendment violation. Humana is currently being investigated for their mailing of a notice to their participants of Medicare Advantage. (Courtesy of the Huffington Post – Humana Letter)
Within the notice, Humana explains to their participants of Medicare Advantage that cuts being proposed by the current bill presented by Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont) will bring changes to their current level of coverage. America’s Health Insurance Plans is a national association representing nearly 1,300 member companies providing health insurance coverage to more than 200 million Americans. They expressed their outrage regarding the government restricting private companies from communicating with their members when proposed cuts “will have a devastating impact on the health security of the more than 10 million seniors enrolled in the program. If these cuts are enacted, seniors will face premium increases, reduced benefits, and, in some parts of the country, will lose access to their Medicare Advantage plan altogether.”
The information found in Humana’s letter is supported by the independent analysis made by the nonpartisan, Congressional Budget Office (CBO). CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf contradicts what the Obama administration is stating. On Tuesday, Elmendorf said, “seniors in the private Medicare Advantage plans could see reduced benefits under Baucus’ legislation. Proposed changes would reduce the extra benefits that would be made available to beneficiaries through Medicare Advantage plans.” Baucus’s legislation would cut $500 billion from Medicare cuts and it begins with this.
Ask yourself this, would there be a Humana investigation if the information in its mailier was in favor of the socialist healthcare reform?