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  •  I'm probably about the same age (11+ / 0-)

    and frankly, I do not trust that we can be confident of "highly subsidized" care....from what I've read, the ACA plans will have much bigger co-pays and co-insurance (for the affordable plans) and the costs will rise with age. Depnding on your income, you'll probably get some sort of subsidy but you'll still have to shell out a lot to cover premiums and co-pays. It's private insurance, after all, and we don't actually know how much it will cost, unlike Medicare which we do. Many people will end up uninsured in places that don't extend Medicaid, and it's possible that if you make too much for Medicaid you may still be unable to afford the exchange plans, even with subsidies. All we have to go on is the Massachusetts experience, and health insurance is pretty expensive there and the state government is just starting to grapple with how to bend the cost curve downward.  

    What sort of problems have your friends had with Medicare?  

    "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

    by Alice in Florida on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 08:53:20 PM PST

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    •  yep Dinotrac assumes the federals will have (2+ / 0-)
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      Heart of the Rockies, JeffW

      ultimate control over ACA in its implementation while it seems it may be more like an expansion of MCD than MC which would still leave some states with vulnerable populations since some governors and legislatures have made it very clear they have no intention of doing one iota than they absolutely have to

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