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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 06:04 PM
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94. Ridiculous.
Edited on Mon Jul-11-11 06:05 PM by JDPriestly
I started back to school when I was 50 and had no health insurance until I finished and finally got a job that offered it and made enough money to pay for it. During those years, I developed a condition that could have been avoided had I had medical care.

If you can keep the job you have and it offers health insurance, you will be fine with the change to Medicare availability at 67. The problem is that many of us are laid off and often because of our age or some problem that we would not have if we were not our age -- and then we have no income to pay for health insurance.

And don't talk about getting another job after the age of 63. If you are lucky enough to find one in this economy, it is very unlikely that your boss will offer you health insurance. At best you might get some sort of "independent contractor" deal so that you work off the bosses tax and benefits books. No health insurance at any rate.

So that means that when people turn 67 and finally qualify for their health insurance, they will be sicker and more expensive than they would have been had they only been on Medicare a little earlier.

Besides, the health care costs of the 65-67-year-old Medicare recipients aren't a problem. It's the care for the very elderly that costs the big bucks.

Obama should not be giving in like this. Are we a nation? Or are we just a set of special interest groups?

If there is one thing that just about everybody needs and uses, rich and poor, it is Medicare. If you live long enough to qualify, you use it. And if you don't live long enough to qualify, you can enjoy your life just a little more, however short it may turn out to be, because you know you don't have to worry about affording basic medical care when you are old.

So, Medicare does not just benefit those who are actually using it.

Obama has succeeded in offending just about everybody in the country now. He should have been more insistent on no cuts. Shame on him.

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