On April 15, 2011 The House voted on a new Medicare which eliminates Medicare as we know it and substitutes it with a privatized form of health care for seniors.
Right away couple things came to my mind:
First – how does a person 65 and over find and understand the appropriate health insurance? I am not 65 yet. My husband and I own a business. There are just two of us in the business. We have to find and buy health insurance ourselves. When we switch from one provider to another one (which we have to do pretty often – every 2 years), it takes us 4-6 months to understand the major (major, not all) differences, we have to meet with brokers and negotiate. How can our elders shop for the medical insurance, understand it, negotiate?
Second – Who will give our seniors health insurance?
If you ever had to buy health insurance, you know how many questions you have to answer. I would guess that 90% of people over 65 have some kind of preexisting condition. If insurance companies will have to provide insurance to people 65 and over, how expensive will it be? What if the Government voucher will not be enough? What if the insurance coverage will not be enough? Are we going to see people 65 and over getting into a hospital with one condition and getting heart attack right there when they will find out that they do not have enough coverage?
Third – If we are the most advanced, richest country in the world why are we going backwards? Aren’t we the best country in the world? What kind of society are we if we are not able to take care of our parents and grandparents?
There is a great place for the older generation in our society. Their wisdom, their kindness, their knowledge are here to assist us, to help us, to guide us, to remind us, to help us raise the next generation. President L. Johnson signed Medicare program into law in 1965 so that seniors would have their health care covered without big headaches, so that seniors will not die in their homes because they do not have medical insurance. We decided as a nation to be right for our seniors, to reduce the poverty of people over 65, to allow them to have happy retirement.
I understand that we have a big financial problem in our country. I am sure that we as a nation are smart enough to solve this puzzle. If we found money to finance 2 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, if we found a way to give tax break at the end of 2010, we should be able to find a way to support our seniors.