Letter: Medicare Advantage costs

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  • ugottabkidn Sandy, UT
    April 19, 2014 12:12 p.m.

    Seniors are not getting anything for free. They paid Medicare insurance for it for a generation in more ways than one there is plenty of money to pay for it if you would just reprioritize. The greatest investment of all is that which we make in our people, just keep the Orrin's of the world hands out of the pot. When the economy is bigger than it's been in history and the middle class is being relegated to "working poor" don't tell me there is not enough money. Besides the healthcare industry spends more money lobbying than taxes.

  • jrgl CEDAR CITY, UT
    April 18, 2014 8:38 p.m.

    The Medicare Advantage Plans cost a lot more than traditional Medicare which is why the plans are being scaled back. Sure seniors like the plans because they think they are getting extras for free but the Medicare Advantage Plan freebies cost the government more than.. It's realistic that they are being scaled back.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    April 18, 2014 2:47 p.m.

    Things may be a lot tougher for this contributor when she goes to redeem one of her Paul Ryan vouchers in a few years.

  • Grover Salt Lake City, UT
    April 18, 2014 1:44 p.m.

    I signed up for medicare advantage almost four years ago. Why? I could either take "regular" medicare and pay $200 plus a month for a gap plan or get Advantage for $0! When the broker told me that I thought it was a joke, but since I am in good health I went for it thinking that it would take a ton of copays to equal $200 a month. In the last enrollment period they tried to raise my premium to $29 a month. Guess what? There were still plans out there for free.

    My question: "Who is kidding whom?" Why do some seniors get "advantage" (ironic name) for free while others pay a high price for essentially the same coverage? Answer: the government pays more for advantage plans because they can't seem to shut off benefits once they are given. Both the ACA and the Ryan budget were going to pay for their plan with $700 billion saved by eliminating the "advantage". Sooner or later everyone will get wise, but for now look harder at all the plans available and pick a cheaper one.

    Finally, after 50 years of "regular" insurance, Medicare is a dream come true. Easy, cheap, minimum paperwork.

  • Joan Watson TWIN FALLS, ID
    April 18, 2014 11:32 a.m.

    it is far too soon to evaluate ACA. Yes, we are paying lower premiums costs - but for less coverage and more out of pocket and deductible expenses. The irony may well be that we will eventually pay more for medical coverage and less coverage than what we had in the first place. Then too, how many who signed up for ACA will keep their insurance? Today's US economy and the millions out of work does not bode well for the ACA

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    April 18, 2014 11:18 a.m.

    I hope this letter writer is NOT a Republican, or votes Republican.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    April 18, 2014 10:26 a.m.

    The problem is that private, for profit insurance companies are still running the show. What's really needed is a good, single payer replacement for the health insurance profit grabbers.

    The Affordable Care Act has done a lot to mitigate increases in our premiums, but thanks to people like Orrin Hatch and his Healthcare Equalization Amendment and some of his other paybacks to the health insurance industry, we common folks are going to continue to be the losers.

  • ordinaryfolks seattle, WA
    April 18, 2014 10:04 a.m.

    Hey, welcome to the real world. Before the current round of health care law changes, my insurance went up by leaps and bounds. "Obamacare" has slowed it down those increases a bit, but not much. I am lucky enough to have the ability to pay, but others can not even get a minimally comprehensive policy.

    We all are health care consumers. No one is going to bleed in the streets from lack of care. However, we have to find a better way than our current system to make it efficient and affordable. Why do Americans pay so much more than the rest of the 1st world democracies anyway?