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Letter: Worried about Medicare trims

A woman protests against the Obama administrations health

A woman protests against the Obama administrations health care plan during a protest in front of the U.S. Supreme Cour in Washington, DC. The nine Supreme Court justices are expected to rule on the constitutionality of the sweeping health care law championed by President Barack Obama on June 28, 2012. Credit: Getty Images

I hope that other senior citizens who were naive enough to believe that Obamacare would have no effect on our Medicare read "Trims likely for Medicare Advantage plans" [News, Feb. 23].

My wife and I bought Medicare Advantage plans because, as the article states, we were "seeking better health care value." My co-pay for 2014 went from $15 to $25 for primary-care physician visits and from $25 to $50 for specialists. Who knows what will happen in future years if this trimming takes place?

An interesting statement in the article was that, "Administration officials say the plans don't need to be paid as much to turn a profit, because the growth of health care spending has slowed dramatically." So now Washington is going to tell the insurers not only what they must cover, but what they should be making?

Gary Aronowitz, Plainview