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35. 44 Years Of Medicare Success
44 Years Of Medicare Success


MEDICARE'S SUCCESS: Since the advent of Medicare, "the health of the elderly population has improved, as measured by both longevity and functional status," said one study published in the journal Health Affairs. In fact, according to the study, "life expectancy at age 65 increased from 14.3 years in 1960 to 17.8 years in 1998 and the chronically disabled elderly population declined from 24.9 percent in 1982 to 21.3 percent in 1994." Leaders of the Commonwealth Fund wrote in May that, "compared to people with private insurance, Medicare enrollees have greater access to care (and) fewer problems with medical bills." The report added that this finding is significant when considering that those Americans on Medicare represent a demographic that is more likely to be in poor health and to have lower incomes. Prior to Medicare, "about one-half of America's seniors did not have hospital insurance," more than 25 percent "were estimated to go without medical care due to cost concerns," and one in three were living in poverty. Today, nearly all seniors have access to affordable health care and only about 14 percent of seniors are below the poverty line.

CUSTOMER SATISFACTION: A recent Commonwealth Fund survey found that "elderly Medicare beneficiaries reported greater overall satisfaction with their health coverage." Medicare is so popular that most Americans support expanding its coverage to Americans aged 55 to 64. According to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll, "over half of Americans (53 percent) 'strongly' support such a proposal and an additional 26 percent say they support it somewhat, totaling 79 percent backing." Similarly, a Health and Human Services Department-commissioned study released in June found that "56 percent of enrollees in traditional fee-for-service Medicare give Medicare a rating of 9 or 10 on a 0-10 scale," while "only 40 percent of Americans enrolled in private health insurance gave their plans a 9 or 10 rating." "The higher scores for Medicare are based on perceptions of better access to care," the National Journal noted, commenting on the surveys, adding that "(m)ore than two thirds (70 percent) of traditional Medicare enrollees say they 'always' get access to needed care (appointments with specialists or other necessary tests and treatment), compared with 63 percent in Medicare managed care plans and only 51 percent of those with private insurance."


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  -Flashback: Republicans Opposed Medicare In 1960s By Warning Of Rationing, Socialized Medicine ProSense  Jul-29-09 06:23 PM   #0 
  - My dad hated Barry Goldwater  sandnsea   Jul-29-09 06:27 PM   #1 
  - just so insurance companies can rip of the sick and dying... sick bastards  fascisthunter   Jul-29-09 06:29 PM   #2 
  - Yep. nt.  marybourg   Jul-29-09 06:48 PM   #3 
  - I have dealt with medicare for 27 years with my parents  doc03   Jul-29-09 06:53 PM   #4 
  - Everything is "rationed," but the high costs are not a problem with Medicare  ProSense   Jul-29-09 07:24 PM   #6 
  - I have excellent insurance through my employer  doc03   Jul-29-09 07:33 PM   #9 
     - BS!  ProSense   Jul-29-09 07:35 PM   #10 
     - I have dealt with Medicare, they have specific fees  doc03   Jul-29-09 07:47 PM   #12 
        - "if the provider doesn't agree to accept their payments"  ProSense   Jul-29-09 07:51 PM   #13 
     - Here's a question:  ProSense   Jul-29-09 07:44 PM   #11 
        - Well you know why they can't pay for private insurance and  doc03   Jul-29-09 07:52 PM   #14 
           - So without Medicare, they'd have no insurance at all.  ProSense   Jul-29-09 07:54 PM   #15 
              - If all those unfunded costs weren't passed on to everyones  doc03   Jul-29-09 08:03 PM   #17 
                 - I can't wait to hear your argument  ProSense   Jul-29-09 08:24 PM   #20 
                    - I have no problem with Social Security, Medicare or  doc03   Jul-29-09 09:02 PM   #23 
  - No. Not true. A provider who "accepts assignment" gets 80%; of  marybourg   Jul-29-09 10:29 PM   #34 
  - This is why GOP hates Medicare and would end it tomorrow if  OHdem10   Jul-29-09 07:19 PM   #5 
  - So you think Medicare is some kind  doc03   Jul-29-09 07:29 PM   #7 
     - "You and I did through higher insurance premiums and taxes." Hmmm,  ProSense   Jul-29-09 07:33 PM   #8 
        - Hog wash? When a patient leaves a hospital  doc03   Jul-29-09 08:00 PM   #16 
           - You're losing credibility  ProSense   Jul-29-09 08:07 PM   #18 
              - Sure they back up what I said, that $189,000  doc03   Jul-29-09 08:48 PM   #21 
                 - No.  ProSense   Jul-29-09 08:55 PM   #22 
                 - My dads $189,000 bill was paid on his death by you and  doc03   Jul-29-09 09:29 PM   #26 
                    - No, your argument doesn't make sense  ProSense   Jul-29-09 09:40 PM   #28 
                       - Why on earth would I pay out $1000 a month for health  doc03   Jul-29-09 09:47 PM   #31 
                          - .  ProSense   Jul-29-09 09:50 PM   #32 
                          - $1000.00 per month when your 65 or older?!?!  OneTwentyoNine   Jul-30-09 05:14 PM   #36 
                 - Hmm, so your friend not only does't believe in "personal responsibility", he's a thief.  SharonAnn   Jul-29-09 09:02 PM   #24 
                    - He may be a crook but instead of letting the system  doc03   Jul-29-09 09:40 PM   #29 
                       - "He may be a crook but... he is taking care of his own. "  ProSense   Jul-29-09 09:42 PM   #30 
                          - Here's my plan  doc03   Jul-29-09 10:08 PM   #33 
  - I guess it is not rationing of health care when there are those that can't afford it.  LiberalFighter   Jul-29-09 08:10 PM   #19 
  - That's rationing by price. The poor can't afford health care so they're rationed out.  SharonAnn   Jul-29-09 09:03 PM   #25 
  - It is the standing argument of the last 75 years or so  TayTay   Jul-29-09 09:32 PM   #27 
  - 44 Years Of Medicare Success  ProSense   Jul-30-09 04:50 PM   #35 

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