The Fleming Health Care Repeal Update: "Earlier this month, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) (an independent and nonpartisan investigative arm of Congress) issued a report finding that the Administration’s Medicare mailer, which cost American taxpayers almost $20 million, inaccurately claimed that the new health care law would not negatively impact seniors’ benefits. Specifically, the GAO found that '[T]he brochure overstates some of [health care reforms’] benefits” (emphasis added).
For example, the mailer promises seniors that the new health care reform “will provide you and your family greater savings and increased quality health care.”
Instead, the GAO found:
* “In our view, the brochure presents a picture of [the new reform law] that is not universally shared. For example, two government analyses have determined that [the health care reform law] reductions in funding for Medicare Advantage may decrease enrollment and result in less generous benefit packages,” and “…significant increases in premiums for some beneficiaries may be necessary” [emphasis added]."