Republicans Tell Sebelius To Stop Calling Medicare Benefits Free


The Hill reported that six Republican Senators have sent a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking her to stop advertising that Medicare benefits are free. They reminded her that nothing is free, and someone is paying for it. But something tells me she won’t listen.

In a letter sent to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the senators took issue with a mid-December statement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that was titled, “More than 25 million Medicare beneficiaries received free preventive services through November 2013.”

Other than the title, the CMS release largely referred to the services as being received at “no cost” to the consumer.

“Like previous press releases out of your Department, this press release selectively highlights a small expansion of services to seniors with fee-for-service Medicare, and suggests the benefits are ‘free,’ ” the senators wrote. “Everyone knows there is no such thing as a free lunch — someone is paying for these benefits. So they are not truly ‘free.’ ”

The letter was signed by Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Mike Enzi (R-Utah), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), and Pat Roberts (R-Ks.).

The senators asked Sebelius to change that CMS press release, amend any previous releases that might refer to the Medicare services as free and to abstain from using that term in future statements. (Read More)

They also took issue with the claim that Obamacare makes Medicare stronger. How can that possibly be the case when Obamacare stripped over $700 billion in funding from the program?