Health Care8 August 2016

AAN Begins $4.8 Million Campaign Against Bureaucrats Cutting Medicare

Mail, Print, and Digital Ads in 61 Districts Urge Congress to Pass Bills Protecting Seniors’ Access to Care

WASHINGTON – The American Action Network (@AAN) today announced a $4.8 million issue advocacy campaign against bureaucratic control threatening seniors’ access to Medicare. Throughout August, the ad campaign will release $1.9 million in print ads, $1.7 million in direct mail, and $1.2 million in digital ads to seniors in 61 congressional districts nationwide. See the full list of districts and activity here.

The ad campaign launches in response to the Obama Administration threatening to move forward with an experimental new program that could reduce Medicare Part B payments for treatments. Additionally, Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) is targeted.

AAN calls on seniors to advocate for two key legislative priorities: (1) H.R. 5122, to prevent the Obama Administration from changing the Medicare Part B payment policy for treatments, and (2) H.R. 1190, to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). Both bills will block bureaucrats from imposing harmful changes to Medicare that could threaten seniors’ access to care.

“The last thing seniors need is a bureaucrat in Washington deciding what medical care they receive,” said AAN President Mike Shields. “Yet President Obama and liberals in Washington are working to empower bureaucrats to decide seniors’ access to care.

“The legislative year is not over, and with the Obama Administration threatening imminent cuts, seniors should know they have a powerful voice in the fight for access to quality health care of their choice,” Shields continued. “We urge seniors to call their Member of Congress and tell them to prevent unelected bureaucrats from cutting access to care.”

Seniors can take action by calling Congress and sending them a message via

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This multi-million dollar ad campaign is the latest in a series of issue advocacy programs AAN has released on seniors’ health care issues. In the spring, AAN spent $2.6 million advocating nationwide against Medicare drug price “negotiation” plans and $500,000 on a national campaign opposing cuts to Medicare Advantage.

The American Action Network is a 501(c)(4) ‘action tank’ that creates, encourages and promotes center-right policies based on the principles of freedom, limited government, American exceptionalism, and strong national security. The American Action Network’s primary goal is to put our center-right ideas into action by engaging the hearts and minds of the American people and spurring them into action to advance our center-right policy agenda.


Courtney Parella

Communications Director