Old news. Repubs in Congress are already on the warpath.
The health reform law set up a new bonus structure for highly-rated private insurers. The demonstration project widened eligibility for those bonuses.
But the GAO concluded that the program was badly designed and unlikely to provide "meaningful results."
Consequently, GAO said the project should be terminated and that HHS should allow the original Medicare Advantage quality measures under the health reform law to take effect.
Republicans, who have been criticizing the program for months, pounced on the report, accusing the Obama administration of abusing its power. They say the program merely sends extra money to providers to cushion against impending Medicare cuts expected under the new health care law.
Republicans say the program is a political move aimed at keeping seniors happy.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, said the report calls into question whether HHS even has the authority to launch this program.
White House does not have the authority to green light spending on whatever program it wants," Hatch said in a statement.
The health department disagreed with the criticism and said the agency has no plans to end the program.
It would not hurt, however, to call your Representative and voice your opposition.
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