AARP Betrayal
Health & Medical

AARP’s Betrayal of Membership

There are strong convictions by many that government should not interfere in the free enterprise system. The basic premise is that privatization will encourage competition and reduce costs. We all will live happily ever after. We have seen the results in the privatization of the electrical system and the resulting billions of dollars sucked out…

Disadvantages of Medicare Advantage Plans
Health & Medical

Hidden Disadvantages of Medicare Advantage Plans

It was doomed before it ever began. Sadly, there are so many hidden disadvantages of Medicare Advantage plans. Like its predecessor, Medicare+Choice, the current Medicare “Advantage” system is a shimmering mirage of cheap co-pays, cheaper hospital stays, and the quaint notion that it’s “free of some anonymous Washington bureaucrat pushing you around.” At least that’s…

Health & Medical

Rampant Herpes Exposes Uptight Senior Community

Folks here in Florida don’t know whether to laugh or be grossed out. A few weeks back, Orlando’s Channel 6 reported that sexually transmitted diseases among seniors are widespread at a Central Florida retirement community called The Villages. Viagra, a lack of sex education, and no pregnancy risk were blamed. A gynecologist interviewed by Local…

Health & Medical Senior Stories

A Day in the Life of a Geezer

Yesterday started out good enough. Like most folks my age, I got up early. Drank coffee. Took my pills. Read the paper. Feigned a couple of squats and stretches. Remembered my father’s caution “What don’t hurt, don’t work. Nothing unusual so far. As you pass age 70, and into your eighth decade, a long dormant…

Health & Medical Political

When Will AARP Help Seniors?

Arguably half the $186 million Bush spent getting elected in 2000 was used to promise us seniors an effective Medicare drug benefit. Of course, Bush’s first act in office was to pass the massive $1.35 trillion tax cut which he knew would bleed dry funds for a drug benefit – or any benefit that didn’t…

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