Would people be shocked to find that an attempt to privatize Medicare in order to funnel profits to Wall Street investors is underway?
Direct contracting entities were created in 2020 during the Trump administration and continued under the Biden administration. Medicare patients are enrolled in direct contracting entities without their consent or even knowledge when and if their doctor or other provider signs up. Doctors are enticed to do so by promises that their fees will go up, but patients experience fewer benefits and are restricted from receiving care they need, all to profit the new direct contracting entity middleman.
What can Medicare recipients do? Ask health care providers if they’re using direct contracting entities. People can opt out by changing providers — but only if they know about it.
People can also sign the petition on Physicians for a National Health Program to stop this sneaky, back door attempt at privatizing Medicare: https://pnhp.salsalabs.org/DCEpetitionSeptember2021/index.html
This Letter to the Editor appeared in the Bangor Daily News on October 1, 2021. You can read the letter HERE as well.
Lisa Savage is a former candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2020, and was the only US Senate candidate in Maine to support Improved and Expanded Medicare for All.