Believes seniors on Medicare were fooled

To the Editor:

As a retired person on Medicare, I also have an Advantage Plan (Aetna) supplemental. We retired people with these plans were told they would remain the same (If you like your plan you can keep it).

I am surprised that more seniors have not complained that their co-pay for regular general physician has increased 33% from $15 to $20. The increase in the specialist co-pay is even worse (67%) from $30 to $50. Meanwhile, Medicare payments increased 1.5%.

While I am still happy to have Medicare (prior to being on Medicare I was paying about  $1,800 per month about eight years ago for insurance for myself) my concern is that the Obama administration has misinformed (perhaps lied) that Medicare recipients would not be affected. I am pretty sure these co-pays increased due to the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare).

If you cut the amount the insurance companies are to receive from Medicare, the insurance companies will make it up somewhere else. I am sure there are many seniors who are not eligible for Medicaid or other Medicare assistance (the part B $104.90 per month) who now have to make choices of food, medicines or doctors because of these increases. Fortunately, I am not in this situation. I think AARP and the Obama administration has once again failed our seniors.


Sal Busciolano


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