Category Archives: Medicare

A Tale of A Stroke: Two People’s Love, Courage and Community– from Millionaire to Medicaid

Nearly 15  years ago I met and have gotten to know another health care journalist–Mary Koch. We have kept in contact over these many years and I had the honor of meeting her and her husband, who has since died … Continue reading

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Medicare, Medicaid and Republican Proposal: What It Means for You

Insurance Insurance is the law of large numbers. Without a long dissertation—here are some basics:  You need many healthy people to offset the costs of sicker people. You need healthy people to offset the costs of older and often sicker … Continue reading

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Personal Doctor for $40,000 to $80,000 a Year? Try San Francisco, Seattle and a Few More

In my last blog, I wrote that nearly half of all Medicare recipients have annual incomes under $26,000.  For those who depend on Social Security, Social Security income depends on where and how you work—full-time/part time; self-employed, seasonally employed. Or … Continue reading

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War on Seniors and the Poor?

Current proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will cause great harm to  seniors and poor families. The proposals also pit the welfare of seniors against the welfare of  children and poor families. Here’s why: Nearly half of … Continue reading

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Medicare 101: New Vouchers and Change to Medicare

My last long article was about the first privatization of Medicare.  Current proposals to privatize  focus on Premium support and Vouchers.   This will change Medicare’s structure, what it covers, and how services are paid. The following is a quick … Continue reading

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Privatizing Medicare and Me: A Story from the First Privatizing

I was the Medicare Marketing Director at a private for profit health insurance company in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s and the first attempt to privatize Medicare during the Reagan Administration. That job made me the ardent consumer advocate … Continue reading

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The American Health Care Machine and You: A Call to Conscience– $40 million executive bonus and what $40 million could cover

 Health care is a top issue in the presidential race, but unmentioned is the $40. 2 million Golden Parachute for Humana’s CEO if the proposed merger with Aetna is approved.  “Humana CEO Bruce Broussard is primed for a huge payday. … Continue reading

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The American Health Care Machine and You: A Call to Conscience–2—Blockades vs. Building Blocks

Health Care Reform and Its Blockades We have been fighting over state vs. federal regulation of insurance since 1869 when the Supreme Court ruled that “issuing a policy of insurance is not a transaction of commerce.” When Teddy Roosevelt introduced … Continue reading

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The American Health Care Machine and You: A Call To Conscience not Calculators

The American Health Care Machine and You:  A Call to Conscience not Calculators ©.    Our health care system fails us.  It fails us not only as patients it fails the many health professionals who are also victims of the rules, … Continue reading

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Who Have We Become?

Speaker Paul Ryan’s new call to repeal the Affordable Care Act is either a bluff or completely blind and heartless. Imperfect as it is—and the legislation certainly has flaws—the Act assures people have access to health insurance even with a … Continue reading

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