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  •  at age 78 I have seen the percentage of my gross (6+ / 0-)

    income which is about $30,000, increase due to dental, eye, drug  (not covered) and rising supplemental insurance costs.  My Medicare premium is very fair and pays 80%, but the supplemental (AARP) which pay a paltry 20% is percentage wise much higher than Medicare and goes up automatically every year.

    This is inevitable and the harsh reality is that my fixed income will not go any where near covering my care should I need to go into assisted living, or have a catastrophic  event such as a stroke.

    The only way that I can NOT become a burden on the system is if I live another ten years or more is for serious reforms to the HOME CARE system. I can be assisted to live in my own house at a fraction of the money it will cost to pay a nursing home.

    That for the aging population is the most serious problem.

    That is the reality of Medicare for the aging.

    The reality for Medicare for ALL is that EVERYONE will need to contribute from the tax base.

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