Scott finds few complaints in meeting with seniors on Medicare Advantageby George Bennett | April 29th, 2014
BOCA RATON — Gov. Rick Scott assembled about 20 seniors here this morning for a roundtable discussion on Medicare Advantage cuts under the federal health care law — an issue Scott and Republicans have used to criticize Obamacare.
But the group that met with Scott at the Volen Center had few complaints and said they hadn’t experienced many changes since the Affordable Care Act took effect.
One woman praised Medicare Advantage for making drugs affordable, but did say she’s had trouble finding an orthopedic surgeon to do a knee procedure.
Scott mentioned her concerns later to reporters.
“As I travel the state, what I hear from people is they’re having a harder time getting physicians. One lady here talked about the number of orthopedic surgeons that are now, she can’t get an orthopedic surgeon to help her,” Scott said.
Focusing on seniors’ concerns about the Affordable Care Act, especially in Florida, makes political sense. But Ruthlyn B. Rubin urged Scott and seniors to take a broader view.
“We’re all just sitting here taking it for granted that because we have Medicare we don’t want to lose one part of it. That’s wrong to me. I think we have to spread it around. This is the United States of America, it’s not the United States of Senior Citizens,” Rubin said.