BREAKING: Republicans To Raise Medicare Eligibility Age For Seniors

  • metta

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    Jun 23, 2016 9:28 PM GMT

    BREAKING: Republicans To Raise Medicare Eligibility Age For Seniors
  • Destinharbor

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    Jun 23, 2016 9:42 PM GMT
    Funny how eliminating tax loopholes on the rich is forbidden in RepublicanLand because it is labelled a tax increase, but raising the cost of living for tens of millions of working (or not) Americans by about $16,000 is not. These out of touch assholes don't seem to realize that the economy barely can keep from firing people over the age of about 55 and many spend their last working years doing jobs significantly below their peak earning years. Delaying retirement and Medicare is fucking cruel. But at least the 1%ers can continue to be pigs at the government trough while supporting Republican politicians.
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    Jun 23, 2016 10:17 PM GMT
    Destin's points are well taken but just to say that I'd have to see the details of this first. If this was something down the line, like in 20 years, whatever, so that people had time to prepare, then given extended longevity of living, I'm okay with some of these benefits being pushed back, not dismantled, presuming, as he rightfully notes, that people are able to remain productive, to be living satisfying lives. To save money immediately, I'd rather see the type of program I've suggested on other threads which is what others actively advocate, that Medicare be extended overseas where medical care is so much less costly than here in the USA. That this isn't instituted immediately is insane.

    It's making especially more sense to me as I age because as we age we wind up with less people keeping us in place. The more loved ones you outlive, the more you wind up without any real reason to stick around where costs are such a rip off. It gets harder to justify paying more than need be, especially when you know you're getting scammed.
  • tazzari

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    Jun 23, 2016 11:54 PM GMT
    Would have bankrupted me, or left me a wheelchair-bound cripple. I had to retire early owing to an ankle that quit on me. After trying braces, etc. for several years, the pain got so bad I couldn't walk at all. At the time I was paying $960 per month for insurance. I opted in to Medicare as soon as I could, and had several operations which I could NEVER have afforded without Medicare. The GOP would literally have left me in a wheelchair until I got old enough for them. But at least the 1% are safe. Assholes.