Changing age for Medicare could save $113 billion but leave seniors to fend for themself

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  • KDave Moab, UT
    Jan. 14, 2013 8:49 a.m.

    Now that Obama-care is locked in, it is just a matter of time until everyone is covered by the Govt. So what is the difference?

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 13, 2013 2:39 p.m.

    The seniors have paid their dues. How about having the healthy young ones do some fending?

  • Patrick Henry West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 13, 2013 10:15 a.m.

    Raise the age from 65 to 67? How about you raise it from 65 to 85. Shesh! Seriously people, when will we stop attacking our senior citizens? These people have worked hard and deserve a decent retirement. You and I deserve the same when we retire. Of course money does not grow on trees, but find another way to trim the cost of medical insurance!

    Paul Krugman recently pointed out that gains in life expectancy are generally found in the upper class. Why should we punish a janitor the same way we punish a CEO by bumping up the age that they can get medicare? If anything Medicare age should be tied to income. The higher your income the later in life you get Medicare and the lower your income the sooner you get it.....because you ( the poor) actually need it sooner than the rich.

    If we are desperate for savings how about we stop corporate welfare, stop our endless wars and global policing efforts, and stop foreign aid to our known enemies!

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 11, 2013 4:52 p.m.

    Since when does an editorial board become the major expert and policy maker?

    Oh well, I guess anything serves as an excuse for Chris B and There you go again to spout DNC hate speech against conservatives.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 11, 2013 1:39 p.m.

    It would mean that people who are 65 or 66 years old would have to continue working to keep their health insurance. The problem with that is that employers absolutely do not want to provide insurance for people that age.

  • JimInSLC Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 11, 2013 1:08 p.m.

    $113 Billion over 10 years? That's only $11 Billion per year, $1 Billion per month. That's chump change for the Obama and Bush administrations. If I recall, all the base building going on in Iraq was costing $10 Billion a month. The US is not an empire, bring the troops home, stop wasting money in senseless wars, cut spending to the military industrial complex. Stop paying 6 figure incomes to the tens of thousands KBR contractors/mercenaries.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Jan. 11, 2013 12:57 p.m.

    The base, of the republicon party, is the biggest abuser/user of Medicare.

    Elected republicons will demand those who vote for them, to fend for themselves.

    So, the republicon base votes, for politicians, who cut the throats, of the very people who elect them.


  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 11, 2013 12:08 p.m.

    "leave them to fend for themselves"?

    Yes senior, fend for yourselves. You too minorities, and whites, and religious, and non-religious, and straight people.

    Until the liberals accept personal responsibility and demand that everyone fend for themselves, our economic problems will only worsen