Health & Medical

Won’t $450 Billion in “Medicare Cuts” Destroy Medicare?

Take another look at the Senate’s 10-year healthcare reform, and ask… How about slashing $500 billion from Medicare? That’s what the House demands of seniors to help pay for its healthcare reform bill. Either of these cuts billions more than last year’s entire Medicare budget: mammograms, surgeries, pots, pans and all. That’s how they intend…

Health & Medical

Seniors Mad as Hell, and Not Going to Take it Anymore

Every day I get between 35 and 75 e-mails from readers complaining about the new Medicare Plan D. And every day, after reading and answering this e-mail, I’m so furious that, to simmer down, I must go for a long walk or a hard swim. This may be good for my health, but not for…

Health & Medical

Medicare Part D, Round 2: Watch Out!

First, the bad news. Despite the head of Health and Human Services recently saying, “The Medicare prescription drug benefit … just keeps getting better,” and that drug prices “came way down under the first year of Medicare’s Part D drug-benefit plan,“ look for your premiums to increase and your coverage to shrink in 2007. Yet…

Health & Medical

Plan D, to Sign, or Not to Sign: What to do by May 15th

Here’s where the new Medicare Plan D stands two weeks before the sign-up deadline. Contrary to government claims, somewhere between eight and 14 million seniors still haven’t signed up for Plan D. Four in 10 seniors don’t even know about the May 15 deadline to sign up for Plan D. Five in 10 don’t know…

Health & Medical

When Medicare Advantage Isn’t: HR 3162 Senior Advocacy

Private Medicare Advantage program is costly and unfair. Now we can do something about it. It sounded so, well, so “something-for-nothing, what-have-you-to-lose?” The Medicare “Advantage” program would provide Carolyn and me with “more benefits than traditional Medicare, more predictable costs,” even worldwide coverage. “A smart investment in your health coverage,” the salesman assured us. But…


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