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  •  Good rundown but I want to point out (0+ / 0-)

    that some people qualify for a combination of Medicare and Medicaid. Because of that my medical bills are mostly covered except for small co-pays. That is with straight Medicare.

    There is no "gap" period with straight Medicare it is just with the Medicare Advantage plans. Then you have to shop for a supplement. I had too many problems with these plans so I went to straight Medicare and Medicaid.

    I think it is a grand idea to extend Medicare and maybe Medicaid to everyone. However the single payer system was rejected by both parties. Obama had to come up with a plan to try to appease everyone and that is how we got ACA. It is obvious by now that it has problems and really it isn't just on the head of one party, but both.

    •  This is THE problem: (0+ / 0-)
      However the single payer system was rejected by both parties.
      Each pointed fingers at the other, minus specific reasons why.  None was willing to take responsibility for the originating point.  While campaigning many politicians endorsed the single-payer plan with all sorts of qualifiers..., which means once they were elected they got to DC and promptly went for the corporate plans because they were bought off by the insurance, medical, and pharmaceutical corporations.  [Under Citizens United, corporations can use money as free speech according to $COTU$, remember.]

      Yes, I'm aware of the fact that Medicare recipients can also apply for Medicaid, but there's usually a 'spend down' or some other co-pays on top of that that's quite hefty that the recipient has to pay, too (last time I checked, for my Soc Sec income bracket it's something over $300 per separate incident where I live, plus prescription co-pays for the corporate prescription insurance on Medicare Part D).  In any case, it's not as free as most politicians imply it is when they call Medicare an "entitlement" program since we all pay Medicare premiums from our first job until we die - plus co-pays.

      We need to kick ALL corporations OUT of government, no matter if they are working for NSA, mercenaries working for corporations or the government with the military, or writing laws for insurance, medical, or prescription programs, etc., and profiting handsomely.  When a prescription for colchicine, a medicine first mentioned in medical texts from 3500 years ago can go from $.09 cents per tablet to $4.35 per tablet on a technicality from FDA, and get a three-year lock on the profits for that high price and get Congress to agree to banning generic colchicine pills (which do not have food dyes that can cause an allergy reaction that the expensive pills do with the two food dyes that make the pill purple), that's just not a good thing.  Worse, the corporate profiteering by prescription pill makers is codified in law (IIRC, it was Waxman and Hatch tho sponsored the legislation)!

      I favor ALL corporations being banned from government functions.  Period.

      The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism — ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.
           — Franklin D. Roosevelt, April 29, 1938, message to Congress
      Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power.
      -- Benito Mussolini

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Sun Nov 17, 2013 at 01:55:55 AM PST

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