August 24, 2012
With all the political drama going on concerning Medicare from both parties, it baffles me that President Barack Obama has ignored his legal responsibilities regarding the "Medicare trigger. " That trigger (covered under Section 1105 of Title 31 of the U.S. Code) is a forecast from the Medicare trustees that general revenues will be required for 45 percent or more of the program's outlays within a seven-year period, which signals that Medicare is financially unsustainable. The president is required to respond to Congress, but though the Medicare trustees issued a warning in 2009, 2010, 2011, and again this spring, President Obama has ignored the law each year and failed to submit the required budgetary legislation to Congress.
January 28, 2010
In response to Garrison Keillor's Jan. 27 commentary ("Don't knock elitism; it could save your life"): What a childish pout we have here, in explaining the Republican plan for health care as "let them die." I sincerely believe that the Democrats' proposed health care plan will cut nearly $500 billion from Medicare because that has been promised. That will most assuredly let someone die. I recently saw my first "comparative effectiveness" study. I was shocked to see the conclusion that Zocor would be preferred over Lipitor because the additional heart attacks with Zocor didn't cause so much lost work time as to cover the cost of the Lipitor!
April 10, 2011
Each time I write about reforming Medicare, the budget-busting health program for seniors, emails and blog comments follow. "I paid for my Medicare benefits," is the basic message. "It's not an entitlement. It's insurance. I'm just getting out of the system what I put in. " Retirees and boomers close to retirement are alarmed that substantial changes loom for the program they or their spouses contributed to for decades. Many see the potential cuts or greater required contributions as betrayal.
January 28, 2010
There is no better news than having Scott Brown elected to Congress, and seniors are rejoicing. The Congressional Democrats just don't get it. It is difficult to understand why our Maryland Democrats would sacrifice and betray the trust of elderly citizens of Maryland and the USA. They have voted to take away $500 billion from our Medicare to fund Obamacare, which will only speed up Medicare's bankruptcy. Elderly people like me depend on Medicare and are at the end of our lives when we may need more care.
November 12, 2009
With the passage of the Affordable Health Care for America Act (HR 3962) by the House of Representatives ("House OKs historic health bill," Nov. 8), we are one step closer to a stronger Medicare for seniors and future generations, as well as stable, affordable health care options for all Americans. AARP thanks Reps. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Donna Edwards, Elijah Cummings, Steny Hoyer and Chris Van Hollen for their votes in favor of better health care for every Marylander.
November 23, 2012
Among the points discussed in this "fiscal cliff" conversation is the impending insolvency of Medicare. That "entitlement " program must be reformed. There is a solution for this part of the equation. The present age of eligibility for Medicare is 65. Lowering the age of eligibility for Medicare to 55 will add about 20 million new premium paying subscribers to the Medicare rolls. These 20 million are relatively healthier than the current cohort above the age of 65. Thus there will be more money into the system via 20 million people paying the present rate of about $1,200 a year in premiums, and due to their statistically healthier status requiring much less outflow of dollars for services.