Poignant Letter From Fellow Blogger Jim Sandeferby Michael Patrick Brewer on Apr. 15, 2010, under Politics, Veteran Legislative Update, Veteran Pals, Veterans Benefits, Veterans Global, Veterans' Spouses, Partners & Families
|The Honorable Jon L. Kyl
United States Senate
730 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-0304
|Re: Pass Medicare/TRICARE Payment Fix Now|
|I am writing to ask you to pass H.R. 4851 now to correct the 21% cut in Medicare/TRICARE payments to doctors that took effect on April 1, 2010.
Unless Congress acts now, millions of seniors and military beneficiaries risk having their doctors stop seeing them. I have already experienced the loss of two doctors that have served as the foundation of my medical care. This situation leaves me without a reliable provider with whom I’m comfortable and is aware of my medical condition involving a diagnosed rare disease.
For the longer term, Congress must find a way to end this intolerable monthly health care threat to tens of millions Medicare and TRICARE beneficiaries. Your health care program has not been upended and remains intact, so you have the luxury of knowing your care is available whenever you need it from a provider that is familiar with your medical history. You insist that you represent us, your constituents, but your actions imply that your primary interest was ensuring your health care needs were protected. This is one of many reasons your constituents are frustrated, disappointed, and considering other candidates who might prove to be more pro-active in standing up for us with the same tenacity as you’ve taken care of yourselves. I vote, and will be listening and watching your actions closely between now and November. Take care of us in the same manner as you care for yourself and you get my vote. Otherwise, I’ll find an alternative candidate who will.
Pass H.R. 4851 now, and do everything in your power to ensure Congress provides a long-term fix for this outrageous situation upon return from recess. The clock it ticking and the November election isn’t that far away.