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@ManicProgressive wrote:

I saw an AARP post on facebook yesterday, about how those over 50 can put away an additional $6,000 a year in their 401(k)s, and the comments were very tellling.  Most people were saying they could barely pay their medical expenses, much less put away anything for retirement, and certainly not an extra $6,000.   


Health care costs are insane.    I can see why many want universal health care. 


Most likely they would have a problem with anything that they might have to pay that hasn't been planned for in advance - new roof, car when the other one dies, deductible if they have a car accident, term life insurance if the or one of the breadwinners die and leaves dependents high and dry.

 

You know, I know many people that make pretty good money and they still don't plan, none, nada, not even a bit a month - retirement is one of those illusive things that is sometimes in the future - how many plan for future?  How many of them don't manage their money wisely. 

 

What else can I think when many of them live for their tax REFUND - Uncle Sam keeping their own money for a year, earning NO interest just because they can't determine their real tax liability and submit their paperwork to the government reflecting this.

 

Yes, Health care cost are insane - so why don't we do something about them - we can even try what other countries are doing to see if they work here.  That would be the 1st step in getting this mess under control. 

 

Senator Grassley has attached an amendment to one of the current spending bills that would force Pharma companies to put the price of the med in those commercials they are running - along with all the side effects and contraindications.  Doing this instead of putting a mention of their patient cost plans in the ad. 

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@GailL1 - The whole point is that people are fed up with rising health care costs, big pharma and price gouging, and a Congress that does nothing to secure the future of anyone, other than themselves.

 

We want problem solvers in Congress who will work for the people and not the insurance companies, and certainly not big pharma. We want people in Congress who will strengthen Medicare and Medicaid, not bleed it to death.

 

Medicare for All is simply a term that implies universal coverage. People seem to favor universal coverage and being able to get health care without going broke. 

 

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@gordyfl wrote:

I think when people are polled about Medicare for All they visualize going to the hospital or doctor's office with a Medicare-Type card in their pocket. 

They don't want to pull out a medical card with some rinky-dink healthcare coverage provided by their employer. Or worse yet, no coverage at all.
They don't want to worry about being saddled with debt because of an unexpected illness or injury.
They're thinking "peace of mind".
It's up to Congress to work out the details.


"Rinky-dink" coverage by their employer???? - If they don't like it - go get their own !!

 

Not saddled with debt by an unexpected illness or injury - that means picking a very good insurance plan and working within that program and then having the contractual out of pocket cost some where accessible - hopefully in cash, not credit.

Perhaps EVERY policy should have some sort of HSA attached to it - even Medicare.

 

As to your other comment about wanting simplicity - yep, the further dumbing down of people being able to think and plan for their own benefit and the many "what ifs" that might (probably will) come along in their lives.  You know, like buying is cheaper than renting in the shelter realm.

 

 

 

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@MaVolta wrote:

@gordyfl wrote:

 
70% of Americans Support Medicare for All


84% of Democrats


52% of Republicans


(but, only 35% of Democrats in the Senate support it)

 


. . . and 0% of Republicans in the Senate or House support it.

 

The shift may be due to the fact that people, regardless of party, found out that R's had no health care plan whatsoever. They destroyed Obamacare as best they could through budget maneuvers, but failed to provide an affordable health care plan of their own. Now we have a lingering Obamacare that serves hardly anyone, while medical costs and drug prices continue to rise, and more people become uninsured or under insured.

 

Us older folks are now having to worry about what will happen to our own Medicare due to the climbing deficit and R's who are primed to go after Medicare, what's left of Medicaid, and Social Security to reduce the deficit spending that they created.


Obamacare is doing OK in GA.  In fact, (2) insurers are lowing their premium rates and extending coverage to more counties.  The remaining other (2) carriers are only having very modest increases.

 

Are people UNDER- insurered - probably but that isn't unique to Obamacare, in fact, they are also UNDER insured for other types of insurance too, like auto.  They are also under-saving for any kind of emergency or retirement.

 

As far as Medicare goes - Part A is underfunded and that primarily comes from payroll taxes.

 

By law, Part B is financed by beneficiary premiums (25%) and government payments (75%) and both those amounts are based on the USEAGE in the program. 

 

I think the current CMS director is trying to think of many things to cut down on the cost of Part B without affecting any benefits - meaning they are changing some rules in the Part B program so that providers either pay more or accept less. 

 

But still the price of healthcare is going up after several years during the recession when it leveled off.

 

So I guess we will just have to see where those Part B premiums end up this year - remember they cannot go up anymore that whatever COLA a beneficiary is given to those on SS. (hold harmless clause).  If we are lucky, hepefully it will stay the same - $ 134 per month for most with high income beneficiaries paying a whole lot more in their premiums.

 

Status of the Social Security and Medicare Programs - 2018 Trustee Report Summary

 

The Medicare program has two separate trust funds, the Hospital Insurance (HI) Trust Fund and the Supplementary Medical Insurance (SMI) Trust Fund. HI, otherwise known as Medicare Part A, helps pay for hospital, home health services following hospital stays, skilled nursing facility, and hospice care for the aged and disabled. SMI consists of separate accounts for Medicare Part B and Part D. Part B helps pay for physician, outpatient hospital, home health, and other services for the aged and disabled who have voluntarily enrolled. Part D provides subsidized access to drug insurance coverage on a voluntary basis for all beneficiaries, as well as premium and cost-sharing subsidies for low-income enrollees. 

 

The Trustees project that the HI Trust Fund will be depleted in 2026, three years earlier than projected in last year’s report. At that time dedicated revenues will be sufficient to pay 91 percent of HI costs. The Trustees project that the share of HI cost that can be financed with HI dedicated revenues will decline slowly to 78 percent in 2039, and will then rise gradually to 85 percent in 2092. The HI fund again fails the test of short-range financial adequacy, as its trust fund ratio is already below 100 percent of annual costs, and is expected to decline continuously until reserve depletion in 2026.

 

. . . . For SMI, the Trustees project that both Part B and Part D will remain adequately financed into the indefinite future because current law provides financing from general revenues and beneficiary premiums each year to meet the next year’s expected costs. However, the aging population and rising health care costs cause SMI projected costs to grow steadily from 2.1 percent of GDP in 2017 to approximately 3.6 percent of GDP in 2037, and to then increase more slowly to 3.9 percent of GDP by 2092. General revenues will finance roughly three-quarters of SMI costs, and premiums paid by beneficiaries almost all of the remaining quarter. SMI also receives a small amount of financing from special payments by States, and from fees on manufacturers and importers of brand-name prescription drugs. 

 

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Who are we listening to?

-Rational discussions on bringing solutions to healthcare and controlling costs?

-Or lobbyists protecting the cash cow for drugs, insurance and healthcare costs?

Nothing is free. There needs to be ways to help pay for it. It’s not black and white. 

Other countries have figured out some solutions, why can’t we?

Have we lost our edge in solving problems, and providing solutions?

Or do we just listen to one side who really doesn’t give a hoot about others?

 

trump, BN, QE

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@Olderscout66 wrote:

The GOPerLords bamboozle their lofo base by citing the TOTAL cost for a Universal, single payer heath care system.

 

This is a typically Republcian LIE because we're ALREADY paying for all but 44 million Americans, and we're covering $58Billion in their ER costs plus the "cost" of having them go to work sick.

 

To get everyone adequately insured would take an ADDITIONAL $197Billion, less than the INCREASE in the DOD budget for 2019. Reducing that increase by half to only 6% next year and repealing Trump's Tax Scam for Corporate Oligarchs would provide health insurance for ALL 44 Million Uninsured and give the 30 Million currently UNDER insured coverage equal to the Obamacare Silver plan.

 

So MONEY is NOT the problem in joining the rest of the World in health care, the problem is 100% REPUBLICANS refusing to allow it to happen.

 

VOTE OUT THE NRAGOP IN NOVEMBER.

You may know someone who will not die because you did this.


Who is this person "who will not die"? I always assumed....... forget it, it's too depressing.

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@CriticalThinking wrote:

For Trump Lovers, the only thing that matters is what Fox and Trump tells them. So even if Medicare for All would radically improve their life, if Fox or Trumps tell them it's a bad idea, they will oppose it.


HEY!!!!!   Don't forget El Rushbo.

 

I see you are still pushing that fraud "Medicare for all" - Medicare is a program the productive pay into and collect from when needed. Be honest - you want "Medicaid for all".

 

Now, about healthcare - in case you have any wrong ideas about Obamacare, watch this.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpAyan1fXCE

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The GOPerLords bamboozle their lofo base by citing the TOTAL cost for a Universal, single payer heath care system.

 

This is a typically Republcian LIE because we're ALREADY paying for all but 44 million Americans, and we're covering $58Billion in their ER costs plus the "cost" of having them go to work sick.

 

To get everyone adequately insured would take an ADDITIONAL $197Billion, less than the INCREASE in the DOD budget for 2019. Reducing that increase by half to only 6% next year and repealing Trump's Tax Scam for Corporate Oligarchs would provide health insurance for ALL 44 Million Uninsured and give the 30 Million currently UNDER insured coverage equal to the Obamacare Silver plan.

 

So MONEY is NOT the problem in joining the rest of the World in health care, the problem is 100% REPUBLICANS refusing to allow it to happen.

 

VOTE OUT THE NRAGOP IN NOVEMBER.

You may know someone who will not die because you did this.

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I saw an AARP post on facebook yesterday, about how those over 50 can put away an additional $6,000 a year in their 401(k)s, and the comments were very tellling.  Most people were saying they could barely pay their medical expenses, much less put away anything for retirement, and certainly not an extra $6,000.   


Health care costs are insane.    I can see why many want universal health care. 

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I used to work with some die-hard Republicans who were supportive of "Medicare for All". So, this poll doesn't surprise me.

They probably still think Trump is going to save the healthcare system.

 

 

 

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