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  •  Medicare (4+ / 0-)
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    myboo, stagemom, Aunt Pat, Amber6541

    Many of them, especially in the Senate, are MediCare recipients anyhow, so this wouldn't affect them. Their demographic is definitely older than the population at large. It would affect Capito, who'll only be turning 60 this fall.

    Mark Twain: It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.

    by Land of Enchantment on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 03:31:54 PM PDT

    •  house of OLD lords...gawd. (2+ / 0-)
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      Aunt Pat, blonde moment

      I am tired of laughing at the irony of your stupidity.

      by stagemom on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 05:58:59 PM PDT

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    •  If you're working, you don't have to go on Medicar (0+ / 0-)

      Medicare. My Dad had worker health insurance until he was 76. Didn't have Medicare.

      There are two kinds of people in this world. The kind who divide the world into two kinds of people, and the kind who don't.

      by upstate NY on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 06:34:55 PM PDT

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      •  That's rare nowadays (1+ / 0-)
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        Most insurers now require Medicare enrollment immediately upon eligibility.

        Born, raised, and currently reside in PA-3 (where ladyparts medicine is tantamount to Pearl Harbor and 9/11); college in the old OH-10; graduate school in the old OH-17

        by JBraden on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 08:04:45 PM PDT

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      •  You can choose to not have Medicare (0+ / 0-)

        however, if and when you sign up later, you pay a penalty.  Same deal as younger healthier people not getting health insurance because they think that they don't need it, but then when they do, there should be/is a penalty.

        Why would somebody not sign up for Medicare, when people pay into it their whole working life, plus the hospital part is free, and if Medicare is their primary insurance, then the cost of the insurance for the other part of the bills (Medicare Supplement) is so much less than what you would pay for regular insurance?  Which is to say that most people these days don't get completely "free" health insurance from their employers.  

        When my husband goes on Medicare in November, our monthly contribution to our health insurance will drop significantly, when one considers the Medicare costs plus the cost of insurance through the employer.  

        •  There was no penalty (0+ / 0-)

          Also, I made it evident that my father had health insurance. I was disputing the idea that all senior citizens had to go on Medicare

          There are two kinds of people in this world. The kind who divide the world into two kinds of people, and the kind who don't.

          by upstate NY on Mon Sep 02, 2013 at 08:27:42 PM PDT

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