Rep. Rooney: Health care law a ‘breach of faith’ to seniors

U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., slammed Obamacare’s impact on seniors during his weekly Republican address Saturday.

“Seniors in my district are experiencing firsthand higher costs and lost access to their doctors as a direct consequence of Obamacare,” Rooney said, two days after House Republican leaders sent Obama a letter voicing their concerns.

Cuts to the Medicare Advantage program have already hurt seniors, requiring some to leave their doctors or switch health plans altogether.

“Across the country, millions of seniors are now paying more money for fewer choices, less access and far less peace of mind,” Rooney said. “This goes well beyond a glitch or a pocketbook issue. This is a breach of faith. The president’s promises have proven false for working families, and now they are proving false for our seniors as well.”

“That is why, on Thursday, Republican leaders sent a letter to the president warning that unless something is done, his health care law will continue to wipe out options for seniors,” he said.

The letter was signed by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio; House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.; House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.; House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash.; Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich.; and Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich. It said:

“We write to express deep concern about the impact of the cuts imposed by your health care law on the Medicare Advantage (MA) program and the recent action by CMS to fundamentally dismantle the Medicare prescription drug program.  These cuts, in addition to proposed rules issued by CMS, will force millions of American seniors to face higher health care costs or lose access to their doctor, their health plan, lifesaving drugs, and the benefits they’ve come to rely on.  This comes at a time when millions of other Americans have already lost their health plans as a result of your law.  Anger among the American people about the law has already escalated to unprecedented levels as a result of the harmful effects of the first few months of its implementation, and the worst parts of the law, including these consequences for our nation’s seniors, are beginning to have a devastating impact.”

Watch Rooney’s address here:

Rooney’s remarks can be found in their entirety here.

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