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  •  Like many aging baby boomers (2+ / 0-)
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    elsaf, Cassandra Waites

    My husband and I have kept working because of the cost of medical benefits before Medicare kicks in. If we could lower that age - even as a one-time "retirement amnesty" - millions of us would get out of the work force, freeing up great jobs, allowing people to move up, and enabling us to devote ourselves to the non-profit activities of retirement.

    Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

    by cassandracarolina on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 10:46:56 AM PST

    •  And on the other end of the spectrum, for those (1+ / 0-)
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      w/o insurance (working or not), they need to do something about getting these folks on medicare early. I've been w/o healthcare since '97. Not by choice. I am a cancer survivor and couldn't get decent insurance even for a horrendous amount of money on high risk ($1600/month). Low wage workers even above the poverty line, it's just impossible.

      Obamacare will help with that as long as we keep it, but I don't know where I will fall in that monetary category.

      202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

      by cany on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 10:59:14 AM PST

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      •  I finally qualified for MC (4+ / 0-)

        but it took 4 years w/o insurance and meant dx of my gout was delayed for those 4 years.  Mantra from HCR years before: cheapest is the disease never experienced; next is the chronic disease controlled; then chronic uncontrolled; then is acute. Our current system ensures the majority of care is acute

        •  Yep. I want to throw things when people suggest (2+ / 0-)
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          cassandracarolina, Bronx59

          raising the Medicare age to cut Medicare costs.

          We already have people entering Medicare with Type II uncontrolled diabetes that could have been controlled with diet changes or prevented if they'd had access to regular medical care a few years earlier, and instead need sugar control pills and blood test meters and strips from now on.

          Raise the age, and those cases won't be people who need sugar control pills. It'll be people with uncontrolled diabetes who need insulin from now on.

          But nope, can't pay for the 60-year-olds to have a yearly physical, lab bloodwork done, or see a nutritionist.

          Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

          by Cassandra Waites on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 12:35:06 PM PST

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    •  Word! (3+ / 0-)

      Rumors of a buyout went around a couple of months ago at my workplace. I got out my calculator to see if I could make it on what they were offering. The one thing that kept me from calling human resources right then was the four years I would have to wait for Medicare.

      I say anyone who is drawing Social Security should be able to get Medicare as well. That, with no other changes would up the rate of retirement.  

      Better yet, full benefits at 60.

      Raising the age for Medicare in the current environment where people pushed out of the workplace before 65 or 67 can't possibly get another job, is pushing more people into poverty and even homelessness -- at the time when they can least weather such a disaster.

      It's nothing but cruelty.

      Wealth doesn't trickle down -- it rises up.

      by elsaf on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 11:04:17 AM PST

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