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  • Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher is still going to lose. And he also doesn’t understand health care one jot. Check out this press release from the NRSC:

WASHINGTON – With less than 20 days until Election Day, a new report by the non-partisan Centers for Medicare and Medicaid reveals that President Obama and failed jobs czar Lee Fisher’s (D-OH) costly, unpopular health care overhaul will cut Medicare benefits for Ohio seniors and endanger seniors’ health coverage – breaking a key promise made to voters as Democrats attempted to sell their massive health spending bill.

As Politico reports:

A Medicare official concedes that seniors may have to dig deeper into their wallets next year thanks to the health care law. The new analysis obtained by POLITICO finds the health care overhaul will result in increased out-of-pocket costs for seniors on Medicare Advantage plans. Richard Foster, the actuary for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, also tells Senate Republicans that the overhaul will result in “less generous benefit packages” for Medicare Advantage plans next year. Foster is independent from the administration and non-partisan… Republicans say dramatic changes to the program mean some seniors won’t be able to keep their plans – a promise President Barack Obama made during the reform debate – and the GOP has made the issue part of its attempt to roll back the health law.

In addition to cutting Medicare by $500 billion, reducing benefits and raising costs for Ohio seniors, Fisher’s costly, unpopular overhaul endangers jobs and could strip more than one million other Americans of their health coverage.

“This non-partisan report confirms that President Obama and Lee Fisher’s costly, unpopular health care overhaul will hurt seniors—so why won’t Fisher just admit that he was wrong to support this contentious legislation against Ohioans’ wishes?” asked National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokeswoman Amber Marchand. “As the health spending bill he eagerly endorsed slams Ohioans with higher costs and puts their coverage at risk, voters are reminded once again that failed jobs czar Lee Fisher would put his own reckless, partisan agenda ahead of their best interests if sent to Washington.”

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