Tagged: Medicare Advantage

The Health Care Puzzle

The Health Care Puzzle

  I don’t suppose Bernie’s bill to make Medicare available to Americans of all ages will become law. Not as long as Republicans control Congress, anyway. But it would be a great boon to this...

A Modest Proposal

A Modest Proposal

Clearly, the most logical alternative to Obamacare is a program similar to Canada’s. But that’s “socialism,” and no Republican Congress would agree to anything like that. So I’m offering them a way to give the voters some health...

Spare the Old and Sick

Spare the Old and Sick

  What sadistic impulse drives Republicans to punish the old and the sick? What cynical mind set would allow Democrats to accept such an outrage? I ponder these disturbing questions as I await revelation...

Bernie is Right – Again

Bernie is Right – Again

I wonder why Bernie Sanders needs to point out the glaring aberrations in American society. They seem so self evident to me. And evidently to the thousands who flock to his political rallies. So why...

In a Medicare Maze

In a Medicare Maze

I used to be horrified at the thought of privatizing Medicare, but now  I am not so sure. How much worse could it get? My experience with the present system has been truly bizarre. Many moons ago, I...

Trying to Manage my Health Care

Trying to Manage my Health Care

As Grace’s comment on yesterday’s blog pointed out, with Obamacare, we old timers “get more preventive services for less.” She writes: Medicare now covers certain preventive services, like mammograms or colonoscopies, without charging you...

Confusing News for Codgers

Confusing News for Codgers

Not surprisingly, those troubling reports Americans have been hearing about Obamacare undermining the nation’s health insurance are mostly baloney. The political saboteurs and greedy insurers are doing their best to create shock and awe as part of a right-wing crusade...

Look to Diabetes Meds for “Entitlement” Cuts

Look to Diabetes Meds for “Entitlement” Cuts

As a diabetic, I have to take insulin, and for most of the year I get it free through my Medicare Advantage plan. But when I get into the “doughnut hole,” I pay about...

OMG! AARP is in Favor of Cutting Subsidies to Medicare Advantage

OMG! AARP is in Favor of Cutting Subsidies to Medicare Advantage

You’ve heard the President’s promise: No Medicare benefits will be sacrificed to make health care reform possible. And technically, I suppose, he is not really lying. But it certainly looks as if he is...

U.S. Health Care Reform Battle: You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet!

U.S. Health Care Reform Battle: You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet!

I am one of the 10.2 million American seniors who benefit from a government initiative called Medicare Advantage. It was enacted by a Republican Congress in 2003 and it subsidizes managed care programs offered...