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  •  inclusiveheart - what happens if you never enroll? (0+ / 0-)

    If you turn 65 and like Cheney have a Cadillac plan from your former employer and you never sign up for Medicare? I know nearly all company retiree health plans require participants to join Medicare at 65, but as a former CEO of a Fortune 500 company I would guess that Cheney has a personalized retirement health plan that does not require a Medicare offset. I am just guessing, but I have seen enough of these that it is an educated guess.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 09:32:02 AM PDT

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    •  You cadillac insurer is highly motivated (4+ / 0-)
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      VClib, Hillbilly Dem, zett, ladybug53

      to move your old, weary body over to the public program.

      He can pay for and probably has amazing supplemental to Medicare, but he isn't likely to be covered primarily by private insurers at his age.

      And always remember that most rich people get that way by not spending money and taking full advantage of any an all freebies that come their way - or that they can steal.

      •  I just wonder if Cheney has a special plan (0+ / 0-)

        from Halliburton that would be unlike what nearly all others would have?

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 09:54:54 AM PDT

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        •  Cheney is one of the former Vice Presidents (3+ / 0-)

          of the United States.  He's got a plan unlike anyone else for that very fact alone.  What doctor, hospital or insurer is going to tell him no when he wants medical attention?  Which if any of those players would dare to allow themselves to be perceived as somehow having prevented him from getting platinum care - not just gold.

          •  inclusiveheart - Cheney's plan (2+ / 0-)
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            I actually spent a few hours on the Internet on this issue yesterday. As a former VP, with a pension, Cheney can participate in the basic federal employee healthcare program, nothing more. The same is true for former Presidents. Now, I have no doubt that as a former VP he was moved up in the line to receive a new heart, but I am still guessing that it's Halliburton that is covering him, but it's a guess.  

            "let's talk about that"

            by VClib on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 10:18:19 AM PDT

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