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  •  a colleague is in the same boat (13+ / 0-)

    It's painful to watch him try to teach with increasingly severe symptoms of Parkinson's. His hands shake so badly that papers rustle when he holds them. He takes tiny steps. He pauses longer and longer before finding the right word.

    He's in his 70s (and looks like an old hippie, ponytail and all), but his wife is still a few years shy of Medicare age. So he works--even though doing so is frustrating and exhausting to him.

    I bet that there are many, many people who are post-retirement age but who continue to work to provide health insurance for spouses.

    And there are many, many who are in my boat: 57 with a painful condition that makes full-time work an increasing challenge, but I work for the health insurance.

    I only hope that the health insurance exchanges actually do get up and running in 2014--and that they offer us older workers access to affordable health insurance. If they do, then many of us will retire and open up employment opportunities for younger workers. It'll be a win-win-win if the exchanges work as planned.

    "'Things would be a lot worse without us,' is not a winning campaign slogan." Barney Frank

    by cassandraX on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 08:40:10 AM PDT

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