Re "Both VP candidates took some liberties with truth" (Page A8, Oct. 12): The Fact Check by McClatchy Newspapers echoes the Obama campaign claim that the $716 billion taken from the Medicare program wouldn't affect services for seniors.
How can you say with a straight face that lower payments to Medicare Advantage Plans wouldn't immediately affect the roughly one quarter all of the seniors belonging to those plans?
Either their premiums will have to increase or their benefits will be cut. There is no tooth fairy. And if affluent people are forced to pay a higher Medicare premium, how does this not affect seniors?
-- Herbert Willstatter, Orangevale
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