Published: Wednesday, July 25 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT
Having access to medical care tied to employment is insanity. The two have
nothing to do with one another. Veterns benefits, medicare and medicaid should
be the dog whistle that says "hey folks given the opportunity for a do over
in medical access and care even we don't tie it to employment. We find a
way to universilize it and socialize it. Until we break this bond
we'll never fix the access or cost problems.
And all the things you are hoping to improve are things Mitt wants to destroy.
Excellent letter. Absolutely, this solution should be part of health care
Medicaid should only pay for those without asetts and income to pay the cost
themselves. The amount of money that was withheld/taxed while working
comes nowhere close to the cost that is paid out in medicare benefits.Some
retirees use up 250k+ in benefits. Some go over a million dollars in health
care cost.I do feel that we need to provide medical benefits to all
citizens who can not afford it.We should not pay medical benefits if the
person has the money to pay for it themselves.
VIDAR..so just what does it mean "we should not pay medical benefits if the
person has the money to pay for it themslelves"? Say a person works 50
hours a week for 45 years as a brick layer and now at age 70 has social security
and a nest egg of $100,000. They live modestly and get by. Now they get cancer
and a single chemotherapy shot is $20,000 (not made up). Would you make them
spend all of their $1000,000 on the first five shots and then say tough luck
after that or maybe pay for everything after the $100,000 is gone and just let
them fall into poverty and other governments programs after the chemo is over
and they are lucky enough to live?
I can see the point of the opinion, however, in the case of retirees the states
and medicaid are not the prime insurer. Medicare is and it is paid for by
current employers and their employees contributions to Medicare. The difficulty
is this system is currently more costly than the monies raised to support it,
and will become increasingly so as the baby boomer generation are added to it.
Now is the time to make the fixes necessary to keep it solvent, which was one of
the recommendations of the President's by-partisan commission on the
budget. Of course for political reasons, the President ignored the report and
it remains a pressing problem and part of the federal expenditures generating
the annual deficit.
pragmatistferlifesalt lake city, utahWhat would happen to
anyone under the age of 65 in this situation? I guess you can put out
cans for coins at convience stores, and appeal to people to help pay for it.That is pretty much what we tell parents with young children with cancer that
cannot afford it.I think our entire health care system needs to be
overhauled. Under Obamacare everyone would have access to reasonable
health insurance.Seniors are simply not paying their fair share for the
amount of services they are receiving.We are taking money from young
families who do not have health insurance, and using it to subsidized wealthy
seniors health care cost.Medicare is welfare; those who have assets to pay
medical cost should use the assets first, and then go to the government-taxpayer
for help.This is what we expect from anyone under the age of 65. Why do
we have two classes of people in our society?Medicare is a bad system, all
citizens should be under the same obamacare system.
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