Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Under 65 Medicare: Does everyone get the Golden Shorts?

The Golden Shorts: You hit a certain age, usually 60 or 65, and you get a pair of Golden Shorts. No one can tackle you.

Supposedly, Medicare is there to cover all those over 65. However, three challenges with the current system:
  1. Most MDs shy away from Medicare patients because of the low pay rates.
  2. Twice, the Feds had to BS their way around a scheduled provider pay cut.
  3. The program loses money.
Medicare works because all those still working are paying for the health care of those who are retired. Same premise behind Social Security. However, if we go to an Under 65 Medicare plan, which is what a Gov't plan would look like, then...

...what wage earners would pay for it?

If all those working are paying for the over 65s, and the system loses money, then where will the money come from to pay for those UNDER 65.

The shorts are yellow, but not from cloth dyes...

What does that mean to a Rugby player? Nothing. Nothing will change, as usual.

Buy your own health insurance.

Keep on Rucking, no Golden shorts allowed.

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