BY MARK MILLER: President Donald Trump has vowed repeatedly that he “wouldn’t touch” Medicare or Social Security, but someone forgot to tell House Republicans.
While U.S. senators debate the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) this week, their colleagues in the House are preparing for the Republicans’ next big move on health reform. A 2018 budget resolution that the House Budget Committee approved last week calls for major Medicare reforms, along with some changes to Social Security. The most dramatic changes would raise Medicare’s eligibility age, and shift the program to a flat premium-support payment, or voucher, that beneficiaries would use to help buy either private health insurance or a form of traditional Medicare. (read more)
BY JOHN CRUDELE: Americans need to be able to get affordable health insurance. Medicare already gives that to people over 65 years of age, a group of Americans who are unable to pay a lot for insurance but most likely to need and use expensive health care.
And while the medical profession may not love it, insurance companies are falling all over themselves trying to get into the Medicare game by providing so-called replacement and supplemental policies.
So this system must work well enough for both the insurers and the customers.
And that’s mainly because Medicare already has buying power with millions upon millions of customers. (read more)
BY DANA ROHRABCHER: Here’s a simple prediction: If my Republican colleagues can’t come up with and pass an understandable reform package, we lose. If the public is presented with complicated funding models that make sense on Capitol Hill but not on Main Street, we lose. So it is time to get back to basics and keep it simple.
We should not lose sight of the fundamental premise driving health care reform: the unwillingness of the American people to accept that people with pre-existing conditions will go untreated because they have been priced out of the insurance market. (read more)
The new Medicare Plus Card saves you up to 75% on things not covered by Medicare
Medicare doesn’t cover everything. Luckily, those on Medicare can now start saving on out of pocket expenses like prescription drugs, dental, vision, hearing, and more. Over 1 million people have already received their free Medicare Plus Card.