To the editor:
Rep. Bill Owens voted to cut Medicare in our district!
New data from the American Action Network shows that Rep. Bill Owens voted to cut $1.24 billion from Medicare from seniors right here in our own district to pay for Obamacare.
Contrary to what some may claim, the only law that ends the existing promise of Medicare for current seniors is Obamacare. In an effort to cover the massive costs of this new entitlement program, Congressman Owens and his colleagues in Washington gutted the Medicare program, raided the lifeline that seniors across the country rely on, and racked up huge debt doing it.
Families, businesses, and the economy itself are struggling to make ends meet. With Obamacare, Bill Owens added to that burden with new taxes and increased health care costs. Emptying the Medicare trust fund to pay for such a law demonstrates complete disregard for the American people and the quality of our health care system.
P.S.: Everything is documented at www.theycutyourmedicare.com, and the methodology for how they determined $1.24 billion is here: americanactionnetwork.org/sites/default/files/Medicare_Cuts_by_District_Methodology.pdf.
The data used to determine this state and congressional district data comes from the census, the Congressional Budget Office and a new study by the University of Minnesota's Medical Industry Leadership Institute that provided a county-by-county analysis of the Medicare fee-for-service and Medicare Advantage cuts included in Obamacare.
The Medicare FFS and MA congressional district cuts were estimated by using the county-level data from the MILI Working Paper and combining it with the U.S. Census Bureau's redistricting data. Specifically, shares of the county-level data were allocated to the portion of that county that is in each congressional district for the 113th Congress. The allocation was based on the percentage of the county's residents over age 65 who reside in each congressional district. The shares for each county district overlap were then summed at the congressional district level, to determine the Medicare cut share for each district.