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OHdem10 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 07:00 AM
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When speak of Medicare, Medicaid being too expensive, the
waters are always muddied. "Medicare costs too
much--need to cut."

We need to hold Dems and Repubs accountable.
Make it it absolutely clear of which you speak.

They muddy the waters. Medicare is to expensive.

Explain: Are you saying Medicare as a program
is too expensive so we must cut benefits because
we cannot afford such a high bill.

Are you saying the Health Insurance Premiums are
too expensive???

I have caught most everyone of our leaders on both
sides using these interchangeably.

This morning on AM Joe, the guests were doing the same
thing.

We should all point out that the real cost of Health
Care lies with Medical Industrial Complex.( Insurance
Companies, Hospitals, BIG PHARMA, Medical Instruments
Businesses, Laboratories.

It the Med. Industrial Complex are permitted to continue
to raise prices much higher than the rate of inflation
Health Care Costs go up up up.

When Congress says we cannot afford this, we must
cut Medicare. They will cut benefits because prices
have risen. They never tackle the real cause of
the problem. Will either party ever work toward
bringing the cost of health care down, or will we
continue to lose benefits.





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ejpoeta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 07:04 AM
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1. unfortunately the companies get to help write the bills. they give a lot of money
to these people and therefore, no... they will not address the actual issue. our 'representatives' no longer represent us with a few exceptions.
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OHdem10 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 07:11 AM
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2. We need to make the Congress aware that we see what is going
on.
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Hoyt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 09:36 AM
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3. Medicare expenditures increase mostly due to more beneficiaries, not increase in service prices.

That's a fact. What we need is a delivery system designed/operated to take care of millions of people, prevent as many illnesses as possible, treat illnesses effectively and efficiently, etc. It will require some major changes, but this uncoordinated system we have now ain't working and things will get worse.
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zorahopkins Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 09:39 AM
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4. DEMAND Lower Premiums!
The solution to the supposed "higher costs" of Medicare and Medicaid is really very simple:

Just DEMAND lower premiums from the insurance companies.

Also, DEMAND that doctors and other health care providers lower their prices.

We do not have a "Medicare and Medicaid Cost" problem.

We have a "too high premium" problem.
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