Hmmm. It's been a week since Tufts Health Plan dropped 5,000 Worcester County seniors' Medicare Preferred insurance. And I haven't seen a word about it anywhere in the far-left-wing Massachusetts press. I don't read every Massachusetts paper of course but I watched newsfeeds and I ran a search this morning just to doublecheck. Nothing. Nada.
Well it turns out that one of the major predictions of the Medicare Actuary based on an analysis of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- known as ObamaCare -- is that ObamaCare's $700-billion-plus cuts would gut Part C Medicare Advantage (among other larger cuts for Part A and Part B beneficiaries). Tufts Medicare Preferred is a Part C Medicare Advantage plan. In addition to Tufts dropping 5,000 customers in Worcester County, Harvard stopped selling Part C Medicare Advantage plans all over Massachusetts.
It looks like the Medicare Actuary's prediction is coming true sooner than the lefties would like. Democrats want to gut Part C Medicare Advantage because it was reformed in 2003 by George Bush and has become the most popular new Medicare plan ever. But they didn't want to gut it before the 2012 election. So even though seniors can't keep their insurance -- and possibly their doctors -- the Massachusetts left-wing press has apparently dropped a total blackout on the story.
-- Dennis Byron