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Americans over the age of 65 have been among those most opposed to the Obama administration’s healthcare reform law. Several provisions result in cuts to supplemental Medicare Advantage programs, while most of the benefits have little impact on a demographic that is already insured.
President Obama is looking to change that through a speaking tour of “virtual town halls”. Recently, he was in Maryland, touting upcoming $250 prescription drug rebate for seniors. Eligible individuals will receive those checks later this year.
He has an uphill battle ahead of him: senior citizens must be convinced that most of the purported savings will in fact come from waste and fraud in the Medicare program, instead of negatively impacting the quality of their health insurance plans.