Health Care is Costly, Medicare Helps

Our Medicare program works to keep costs down while expanding access to health care for millions of Americans. Even so, health care, including prescription drug costs, eats up a large portion of seniors' incomes and many still struggle to keep their head above water. Please consider sharing your story below.



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Number Date Name Location Have you ever had trouble ...
147 1 year ago Anonymous Weston, FL Medicare is the less complicated answer for our healthcare needs. And it still doesn't cover all our needs.
146 1 year ago Anonymous Box Elder, SD We have made the problem of affording dental and medical attention reasonable. We moved to Central America where a basic doctor consultation is $30, a dental visit $30 and what for it ... a MRI on s...
145 1 year ago Richard Cox Weirton, WV A Better Bargain - REMOVE THE SHORT-CIRCUIT IN SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE - WE WANT LEGISLATION TO REMOVE OR COMPENSATE FOR THE SHORT-CIRCUIT TO RESTORE MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY AS WELL AS LOW
Unfortunately polarization is preventing legislation. We Need Legislation Not Polarization!

The Sequester, dumb "meat axe" approach though it is, CANNOT justly be repealed until alternate mechanisms are put in place to rationally deal with the problem. The way to get the Sequester repealed is to first get our representatives off their A-Double-Ses and doing something serious about the deficit along more constructive lines.

Central to the Social Security and Medicare issue, as well as the deficit, is the decreasing domestic work force. Simple logic, fewer workers means less FICA revenue means eventual insolubility unless prudent alternatives are implemented.

THERE ARE ALTERNATIVES!

Via FICA both Social Security and Medicare are funded by payroll deductions on the domestic working class. Exporting jobs without compensating by somemeans for the FICA funds lost short-circuits this mechanism as fewer jobs means fewer workers for FICA to deduct from. This to me CLEARLY is the core reason behind the shortfalls developing in Social Security and Medicare.

One idea is to supplement the FICA funds lost by switching from those who work to those who consume with a value added tax.

Another (and I feel all-around better) way is give another tool to the FED by allowing it to impartially impose actively monitored surcharges on items produced outside this country to keep them within a "free market trading range" window of what it would cost to produce the same items domestically. Thereby we keep our economy from being "watered down" to a global level. (N.B. Any royalties from shale gas or other resource development on public lands should be added here.) Administer this tool without regards to politics using raw economic laws. THIS IS PRO-LABOR LEGISLATION, think of it mechanically as a "governor" on the free trade process to keep it from getting out-of-hand:

o Exclude foreign companies which choose to locate here, hire our work force and abide by our labor laws.

o DO NOT exclude domestic companies which export labor overseas then seek to bring products produced there back here to sell.

o Use the proceeds to first boost Social Security and Medicare needs and then to pay down the deficit (ONLY).

Effectively then we "tax away" any advantages of foreign subsidies, "dumping" and using cheaper overseas labor thereby keeping our domestic businesses from being overwhelmed. This is the effective way for our government to unilaterally handle this problem.

Note that since we only establish free trade "windows" that domestic companies still have to compete within that window, surviving ideally on quality of product and service as they should but the playing field is level now. This also allows an entity such as the FED to "tune" domestic production and keep our domestic businesses from growing fat and lax.

For more about this and other ideas, see my article: http://rncox.newsvine.com/_news/2013/03/01/17147561-lets-solve-problems-rather-than-spout-rhetoric-no-finger-pointing-progress-not-stalemate
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Let\'s Solve Problems Rather Than Spout Rhetoric - REMOVE THE SHORT-CIRCUIT IN SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE at http://rncox.newsvine.com/_news/2010/10/12/5281028-lets-solve-problems-rather-than-spout-rhetoric-remove-the-short-circuit-in-medicare-and-social-security

That\'s why I also created a petition which says: "WE WANT LEGISLATION TO REMOVE OR COMPENSATE FOR THE SHORT-CIRCUIT TO RESTORE MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY AS WELL AS LOWER OUR DEFICIT!"

Click here to add your name: http://signon.org/sign/remove-the-social-security-2?source=c.fwd&r_by=5254576,'); return false;">...
144 1 year ago James Slivinski CUDAHY, WI Don't just stop at the cost of medical care, look at what it causes. Paying more money for health insurance and costs associated with it finds me having to charge groceries at least once a month. My...
143 1 year ago Nancy Cassidy Easton, PA My husband is disabled and on Medicare.He is now in the donut hole. One of his insulin meds. for one month cost $400. That does not even count all the other meds. he is on.It cost us thousnds of dol...
142 1 year ago Anonymous sharon, MA My husband is diabetic and has had heart surgery. He is also hypertensive. He requires a lot of medicine every month and we reach the donut hole and it is hard to pay for his meds. Keep prices down ...
141 1 year ago Michael Madamas West Springfield, MA My prescriptions take 1/5 of my income. Between my prescriptions and medical expenses my life savings were wiped out in about five years. I now live check to check.
140 1 year ago Jean Grzybowski Bangor, ME
139 1 year ago Anonymous Elon, NC Our private Medicare supplement was going to cost us nearly $1600.00 PER MONTH. I dropped it as soon as I got my Medicare. My husband needed a kidney transplant and was unable to qualify for a low...
138 1 year ago Pat Larson Sacramento, CA
137 1 year ago Bozidar Kornic North Port, FL This past February, I was in the hospital for 23 hours treated for 'heart' problems. My total bill was over $18,000 and of all the medications given to me was ONE ASPIRIN, and a whole lot of tests ...
136 1 year ago Julie MacGregor Baltimore, MD In addition to the deductible, copays, prrmium for drug plan and its related copays on what it does cover ... I was horrified to learn Medicare has NO coverage for hearing loss or HEARING AIDS. I c...
135 1 year ago JOE REILLY SANTEE, CA I am WW two veteran I have paid my way , why is it so hard to educate our leaders in congress, who have the best health care in the world.GIVE ME A BREAK
134 1 year ago Anonymous Huntsville, AL My husband now takes 19 prescriptions and i take 3. The majority of his medicine has a co-pay of $75.00 for a 90 day supply. Then we have 7 doctors and hospital bills. We certainly need all the h...
133 1 year ago Marty Walsh Glendale, MO I have the usual story - and a reminder. I do live primarily on Social Security, so if Medicare cuts payments, my costs will go up. It will be tough.
Reminder: Republicans want to "privatize" M...
132 1 year ago Joan Schneider River Falls, WI My medication cost, while in the donut hole, can run over $500.00 per month. That is simply a cost which is most difficult to pay so I must change my budget by making several tough decisions. Do I p...
131 1 year ago Jean Fisher San Diego, CA My story is far too long...cancer, not having insurance, etc etc etc. I get a small increase in SS and Medicare sucks it up. I downsized 2 yrs ago to a studio and my rent has been raised twice al...
130 1 year ago Gladys Hampton Greenbelt, MD Hello
My name is Gladys Hampton. Yes I have had trouble with affording medical or prescription drug bills. I cannot afford health care copays and also some of the medication I take is not doing ...
129 1 year ago Kay Beams Eden Prairei, MN Yes, the prescriptions that would be best for me are not covered by my Part D coverage. Medicare a bargain???? I think not. A portion of my Social Security goes automatically to pay for Medicare t...
128 1 year ago Thomas Dahl NEW PRT RCHY, FL
127 1 year ago Linda Hogan Tishomingo, OK I spent too much money on medications I had to have last month and had to let the ones that aren't life-saving pass on by. It means I have much pain and spend more time in bed even though I work at ...
126 1 year ago Anonymous Aurora, IL I am not on medicare yet, but I sure hope it is there by the time I reach 65. I have the State of IL insurance and I do not think it is right that the State takes 1 year to pay the Providers.
125 1 year ago Burton Schwartz Port Jeff Sta, NY Medicare I can rely on, but the backup coverage is the real hassle. Every time we have to deal with other insurance for co-pays etc, it's a problem and hours spent on the phone fighting for what is ...
124 1 year ago Neita Phillips JACKSONVILLE, AR Yes we have and we're still having trouble having to pay such big bills on Mark (medical)from surgeries that he has had. I'm fixing to have to have a root canal done on one of my teeth and ...
123 1 year ago Ronald Smith Resaca, GA I surely Need Medicare to manage my healthcare cost of i would not manage to manage any more
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