We’ve all suffered from ObamaCare, whether it be from losing our plans (which we were told we’d be able to keep), paying higher premiums, or paying higher deductibles. Even those who didn’t have health insurance before now have insurance in name only, as most would practically need insurance to afford their deductibles!
One group that suffered that people often forget is seniors, as Medicare was gutted to help pay for ObamaCare. ObamaCare cuts $818 billion from Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) from 2014-2023, the first 10 years of its full implementation, and $3.2 trillion over the first 20 years, 2014-2033. Adding in ObamaCare cuts for Medicare Part B (physicians fees and other services) brings the total cut to $1.05 trillion over the first 10 years and $4.95 trillion over the first 20 years., according to the Health Network Group.
And now, he’s cutting Medicare to pay for refugees. As the Conservative Daily Post reported:
The Department of Health and Human Services is raiding several of its accounts, including money for Medicare, the Ryan White AIDS/HIV program and those for cancer and flu research to cover a shortfall in housing illegal youths pouring over the border at a rate of 250 a day.
HHS is trying to come up with $167 million to fund the Office of Refugee Resettlement that is accepting the youths. Policy Director Jessica Vaughan said that insiders have told her that the funding crisis has forced the department to squeeze programs for money.
Vaughan said on the CIS’s website: “An average of 255 illegal alien youths were taken into the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) every day this month, according to the latest figures the agency provided to Congress. This is the largest number of illegal alien children ever in the care of the federal government. To pay for it, the agency says it will need an additional one or two billion dollars for the next year – above and beyond the $1.2 billion spent in 2016 and proposed for 2017 – depending on how many more arrive. For now, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where ORR resides, is diverting $167 million from other programs to cover the cost of services for these new illegal arrivals through December 9, when the current continuing resolution expires.”
How nice. That’s Obama’s priorities for ya. Thank God he’s out next month.