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MA plans and the subsidy were a misguided idea to replace HMOs and save medicare expenditures. Instead people took advantage of the lower cost to them and MA wound up increasing Medicare expenditure !! How reducing the subsidy cannot reduce services or increase premiums, I don't understand.
Of course reducing the subsidy will increase costs. But why should the taxpayers subsidize somebody else's gym membership, vision and dental coverage? If people want the MA plans, with all the bells and whistles, then they should step up and be willing to pay more. Those that are whining about how HCR will effect their free plan just want the rest of the taxpayers to pick up the tab so I fully support reducing the subsidies to the insurance companies. And I have a feeling the politicians who put MA plans in effect were not thinking of how great it would be for Medicare beneficiaries but rather the insurance companies who lobby and contribute to their campaigns.