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  •  It was considered, but dropped (7+ / 0-)

    Some senate Dems proposed the idea of a Medicare buy-in for people 55-60 and over, but it never made it into the final bill.

    Depending on their circumstances, people may be able to buy into the national health insurance pool or, if their income is 133% of FPL, will qualify for Medicaid, but those provisions don't kick in until 2014.

    Howard Dean certainly had a good idea when he suggested front-loading more of the PPACA benefits to take effect earlier.

    "My father always told me that all businessmen were sons of bitches, but I never believed it until now." - JFK during the 1962 Steel Crisis

    by Betty Pinson on Thu Sep 15, 2011 at 09:38:20 AM PDT

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    •  I think the question is about... (5+ / 0-)

      ...whether you could get coverage under ACA if you're 65 or 66 and Medicare eligibility were raised.

      The answer is yes.

      The problem is that Medicare is much cheaper than private insurance.

      So even though there'd be access to coverage, the net cost of that coverage would be much more than it is now, and because much of that coverage would be subsidized, you wouldn't actually realize any savings for the Federal gov't.

      •  Premiums for people over 60 (0+ / 0-)

        are insanely high. ACA allows them to be triple what young people pay.

        We decided to move the center farther to the right by starting the whole debate from a far-right position to begin with. - Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay

        by denise b on Thu Sep 15, 2011 at 01:31:51 PM PDT

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