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  •  That's why I think some means-testing is better (0+ / 0-)

    than cuts that affect all beneficiaries. For many seniors, the 20% coinsurance and the premiums are already straining their budgets, and I don't want to see them have to shoulder a greater percent of the cost when they are already struggling. While I understand the dangers of means-testing, I think raising the extra premiums already paid by higher-income beneficiaries is much more tolerable than cuts that will impact those who are already struggling or raising the eligibility age.

    Not all seniors are poor. Some can afford to pay more and I don't understand what is so bad about asking them to. Younger seniors who are/were in the highest tax bracket have benefited from the Bush tax cuts for ten years, as have those who have been able to collect dividends at the lower rates or sell their stock at the lower capital gains rates put in place by the 2003 Bush tax cuts. Why should they not be asked to pay more toward Medicare now in order to help keep the system solvent for future beneficiaries?

    •  I can't answer that (3+ / 0-)
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      I know the political arguments against means-testing and am not convinced by them, but haven't looked into it enough to have a valid opinion on it. As for the economic and moral arguments against it, I don't know the numbers so I can't answer that either. What I do know is that whoever pays for it, medical treatment in the US is much more expensive than it needs to be (for inferior results), and probably what we should be most focused on. Essential health care should not be a source of high profit for anyone. Decent livings, sure, outrageous profits, no.

      I think we need some sort of price controls on health care in the US. Done properly, it won't lower the quality of health care.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 03:05:57 PM PST

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