Medicare math

January 23, 2012

I'm part of the new "get lost" generation of folks over 65 that many are complaining will financially destroy our fragile economy ("Aging out of health care?" Jan. 19).

I know that I'm old and that math has never been my strength, but writer Lisa Pevtzow used the figure $49 billion a year to describe the cost of Medicare coverage for the 45 million old folks of my generation.

Forty-nine billion dollars divided by 45 million people equals a little more than $1,080 per person. How can that possibly be the yearly cost?

Edward Migol, Towson

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