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  •  you wouldn't know it from (13+ / 0-)

    the letters printed in today's Houston Chronicle.

    Three letters from seniors, all critical of the speech and/or the plans and/or just Obama in general.

    Any seniors out there want to write in to the chron for some "balance"?  

    Join us in the Grieving Room on Monday evenings to discuss mourning and loss.

    by Dem in the heart of Texas on Fri Sep 11, 2009 at 07:00:50 AM PDT

    •  Residual crabbiness for their savior DeLay (7+ / 0-)

      getting run out. Old repubs don't give up on grudges easily.

      Beer cans are beautiful. It's the roads that are ugly. -- Edward Abbey

      by frankzappatista on Fri Sep 11, 2009 at 07:28:31 AM PDT

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    •  Or from this place last night (3+ / 0-)

      Reality is out there >>>

    •  I'm sorry... (0+ / 0-)

      but seniors have no dog in this fight. As far as I am concerned they should be excluded from any polls on healthcare.

      They are medicare leeches who are being selfish and stupid. They have no grounds whatsoever to be critical of HCR.

      It's so easy to be all negative Nancy about it when you don't have to worry about losing your job or our employer dropping benefits. These are the people who get the best care and worry the least. All is honkey-dory to them.

      •  WTF? "Medicare LEECHES?" They PAY for (2+ / 0-)
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        Vicky, Dem in the heart of Texas

        their coverage. They've BEEN paying for it all their working lives!

        I support Americare - Medicare without age restrictions.

        by 1BQ on Fri Sep 11, 2009 at 09:55:59 AM PDT

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        •  They do indeed pay for their coverage (2+ / 0-)

          at about $1200 annually, taken out of the SS checks.  However, the payroll taxes that they paid into the system actually are not theirs per se, but were for the seniors (parental units) that retired before them.  

          WE, the current workforce, are paying for our senior citizens today.  

          •  That's only sorta true. If you haven't paid (1+ / 0-)
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            into the system, you pay more. You're referring to only part B, not part A. And even if you qualify for part A without paying additional premiums, $267 per day for days 61-90 of a hospital stay is a hefty price for someone on a fixed income to pay!

            From the Medicare website:

            Medicare Premiums for 2009:

            Part A: (Hospital Insurance) Premium

               * Most people do not pay a monthly Part A premium because they or a spouse has 40 or more quarters of Medicare-covered employment.
               * The Part A premium is $244.00 per month for people having 30-39 quarters of Medicare-covered employment.
               * The Part A premium is $443.00 per month for people who are not otherwise eligible for premium-free hospital insurance and have less than 30 quarters of Medicare-covered employment.

            Part B: (Medical Insurance) Premium

            $96.40 per month*

            Medicare Deductible and Coinsurance Amounts for 2009:

            Part A: (pays for inpatient hospital, skilled nursing facility, and some home health care) For each benefit period Medicare pays all covered costs except the Medicare Part A deductible (2009 = $1,068) during the first 60 days and coinsurance amounts for hospital stays that last beyond 60 days and no more than 150 days.

            For each benefit period you pay:

               * A total of $1,068 for a hospital stay of 1-60 days.
               * $267 per day for days 61-90 of a hospital stay.
               * $534 per day for days 91-150 of a hospital stay (Lifetime Reserve Days).
               * All costs for each day beyond 150 days

            Skilled Nursing Facility Coinsurance

               * $133.50 per day for days 21 through 100 each benefit period.

            Part B: (covers Medicare eligible physician services, outpatient hospital services, certain home health services, durable medical equipment)

               * $135.00 per year. (Note: You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount for services after you meet the $135.00 deductible.)

            Additional information about the Medicare premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance rates for 2009 is available in the September 19, 2008 Fact Sheet titled, "CMS Announces Medicare Premiums, Deductibles for 2009" on the www.cms.gov website.

            *Note: If your income is above $85,000 (single) or $170,000 (married couple), then your Medicare Part B premium may be higher than $96.40 per month.  For additional details, see our FAQ titled: " Medicare Part B Monthly Premiums in 2009"

            I support Americare - Medicare without age restrictions.

            by 1BQ on Fri Sep 11, 2009 at 12:22:41 PM PDT

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      •  True. (1+ / 0-)
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        but seniors have no dog in this fight.

        But they think they do, because of Palin's satanicaly inspired crack about "death panels".  They need to be convinced that they are in no danger, so that they will at least get out of the way.

        Renewable energy brings national security.

        by Calamity Jean on Fri Sep 11, 2009 at 09:54:32 PM PDT

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    •  An article in the Seattle Times today (3+ / 0-)

      Said that "Obama's speech failed to move Congress."

      Now, while that wouldn't necessarily surprise me, it's WAY too early to make that determination--it's clear that Obama's strategy was to speak to the people, and he's relying on them to pressure their Congresspeople to support reform.  They can't poll that overnight fercripessake.

      Save the parrots: Drink shade-grown coffee!

      by oscarsmom on Fri Sep 11, 2009 at 08:39:56 AM PDT

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