Late last week, Medicare officials admonished Humana for using Medicare customer lists to engage in political advocacy and lobbying. Monday, Medicare officials sent a memorandum to all Medicare insurance companies explicitly prohibiting them from doing the same. This action by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) represents a major policy shift from one administration to another and could lead to a legal case with the potential to establish new legal principles within a contested area of First Amendment (free speech) law.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) took to the floor of the Senate to argue, "This is American -- citizens, either as individuals or grouped together in companies, have a fundamental right -- a fundamental right -- to talk about legislation they favor or oppose in this country. This is the core of the First Amendment’s protection of speech
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 2:05 PM on Sep. 24, 2009
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 2:06 PM on Sep. 24, 2009
What specifically did they say that was considered misleading? From what I have read, they referenced Medicare benefits might be cut under health care reform based on the reports from te Congressional Budget Office. Looks to me the federal government is NOT allowing an insurance company to question the bill and encourage their customers to question the bill which would then lead to an HONEST debate about the health care bill.
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:21 PM on Sep. 24, 2009
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 2:23 PM on Sep. 24, 2009
There is NOTHING misleading about the mailer.
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:26 PM on Sep. 24, 2009
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:27 PM on Sep. 24, 2009
Answer by yourspecialkid at 2:33 PM on Sep. 24, 2009
Not to mention, HHS did not have any problems with AARP's article to their members that incorrectly(based on the CBO report) claims that Medicare benefits will not be affected. If Obama's plan is truly better and not going to hinder Medicare Advantage Benefits. Were is the proof from Democrats and Obama? Their bill should be able to withstand TRUE debate without the need of a Federal Gag Order on a company who questions a proposed bill.
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:36 PM on Sep. 24, 2009
Answer by tnmomofive at 3:03 PM on Sep. 24, 2009
They weren't "misleading" anyone sweet-a-kins. The only ones guilty of that right now is our government! They're trying to shove a very bad UHC plan down our throats, and keep anyone who would dare speak out against it, quiet. This is a typical, liberal tactic.
They're doing the same thing with this, that they did with the stimulus package...they never bothered to take the time to READ what was actually in it. Instead, they rushed it through, using the same rhetoric they're using in trying to get UHC passed. "Sit down, shut up, close your eyes, and sign on the dotted line." IT'S WRONG, AND PEOPLE ARE NOT GOING TO KEEP QUIET ABOUT IT!!!
Answer by MemawBrie at 3:14 PM on Sep. 24, 2009