Secretary Sebelius at Orlando AARP Convention

October 1, 2010

Sebelius was here to talk about the new Affordable Care Law, to inform us regarding details, and to enlist AARP members’ support in getting the facts out in the face of the continuing huge disinformation campaign. She didn’t mention Newt Gingrich, Fox News, or the Insurance Industry’s advertising budget, but she reminded us that there is a of bullshit out there.

A copy of the Secretary’s speech will be archived on the AARP web site.

The Secretary praised AARP for its leadership on health care, its history of standing up to the insurance industry against unfair practices like carve-outs of older people, its commitment to fighting fear with facts. It’s difficult, she said, for facts to break through the noise of the 24 hour news cycle.

The Affordable Care Act was criticized for its volume. It’s understandable that the slow readers on the right scoffed at the sheer size of the bill, since it’s so full of benefits and protections…For example, and this is the short list:

  • Current Medicare beneficiaries will see significant relief from drug costs
    Fifty percent decrease when you hit the donut hole. The average beneficiary will save $500 next year.
  • Starting in January there will be no copays in Medicare for preventive care. In fact, smoking cessation treatment will be available even if you don’t present with incurable lung cancer. This truly is an improvement.
  • Passage of affordable care act extends the life of the Medicare trust fund for 12 years.
  • Pre-65 year olds are of course also protected. For older Americans, age rating and coverage denial for pre-existing conditions is eliminated.
  • Medicare advantage doom sayers have been proven wrong. Cost of Medicare administration is going down. There was applause when the Secretary said this. She underscored her point by saying, “Going down is a good thing.” Who could disagree?
  • The Affordable Care Law is one of the toughest anti-fraud bills in history. Anti-fraud enforcement has been tripled and will continue to be toughened.
  • The law promises improved access to health care. The shortage of practitioners, addressed first by an investment in the recovery act, will be further addressed in the Affordable Care Act which provides training for an additional 16,000 providers including growing the number of geriatric specialists.
  • The new law helps support independent living… Extending Medicaid allowing funding to follow the individual.
  • Insurance companies won’t be able to dump kids with preexisting conditions, access for for individuals and small businesses will be very much improved by the new market regulations in 2014.

Sebelius points to, a website that can provide individualized info, all YOU need to know about YOUR health benefits and costs.

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joared October 1, 2010 at 11:18

This reads like a really good summary. I missed her session but will be able to see it 24 hrs after her presentation as with all these sessions I noted. I took in Matalin and Carvel — pretty generic.

chancy October 1, 2010 at 11:26

Thanks for the condenesded version of Kathleen Sebelius remarks on the health care bill.

It is good to stay informed.

I have bookmarked the link to

Remember to have some fun at the convention and say hello to Cop Car from Texas

fp October 1, 2010 at 11:08

Had dinner tonight with that lady from Foat Wuth. I’ll pass on your greetings!

chancy October 1, 2010 at 11:36

correction :

Cowtown Pattie of Texas Trifles

Ronni Bennett October 1, 2010 at 11:49

“…slow readers on the right…” heh, heh, heh, heh. Love it.

Frank Paynter October 1, 2010 at 1:36

Just got out of the Noot G. press conf. Not as frustratng as I thought it would be.

Don Harvey October 1, 2010 at 3:06

Nice summary of a very important topic. Good work Frank. I can see why they chose to have you there.

fp October 1, 2010 at 11:01

Thanks, Don.

Cowtownpattie October 1, 2010 at 6:32


Great stuff here, Wisconsin boy!

I kept waiting for you to let fly with a zinger at ol’ “Noot”, but you were uber professional.

fp October 1, 2010 at 11:00

Thanks! I wanted to tell him i thought he was a disingenuous old coot, but it didn’t seem civil somehow.

joared October 1, 2010 at 9:58

Didn’t listen to old “Neuter” but his words are preserved and available on their site for awhile, as are those other sessions. Hope you got out to enjoy the entertainment tonight — no more shopping for an equipment bag.

fp October 1, 2010 at 10:59

Sadly, I closed my eyes tonight after dinner, just to rest them you understand, and I found myself waking up around the time Los lobos was finished up and the old guys with vim and vigor were out there dancing their asses off to Gloria Gaynor singing “I will survive.” Ahh well. No way will I miss tomorrow’s Crosby, Stills and Nash (not Young) show. And Judy Collins! And Richie Havens!

Don Harvey October 2, 2010 at 7:28

You put the “moldy” in moldy oldie”.

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