Medicare’s Cruel Paradox, S.S. Facts, Living Longer and Retirement Benefit Cuts, ‘Repeal and Replace’ Debate

Here are the top Medicare Stories Trending in the U.S. today, February 23, 2017:

Why Medicare beneficiaries should pay attention to ‘repeal and replace’ debate

BY PHILIP MOELLER: This is the second in a series of pieces about how the nation’s three big federal benefit programs — Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid — might be affected by the significant changes being proposed by either President Donald Trump, his cabinet appointees or congressional Republicans.

Surprising Facts About Social Security and Medicare

BY MARK MILLER: While the era of “alternative facts” dawned in Washington last week, experts from across the ideological spectrum gathered in the capital for a review of real facts about our two most important retirement programs: Social Security and Medicare.

Medicare’s Cruel Paradox: It Is A Costly Subsidy For Seniors, But They Can’t Live Without It

BY HOWARD GLECKMAN: Which statement is true? 1) Medicare will impose huge burdens on future taxpayers by providing trillions of dollars in government-funded health care to older adults. 2) Many seniors face massive, unaffordable out-of-pocket health costs in old age, even with that government assistance. The answer is: Both.

First Medicare fraud, now illegal Botox shots. Miami woman convicted of both

BY DAVID OVALLE: Gabriela Alegria was already headed to prison for Medicare fraud. Now, she’ll also be going for giving illegal Botox injections. The Miami woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to practicing medicine without a license and other felonies, and will be sentenced March 7. She faces at least one year in state prison.

Why living longer should not lead to retirement benefit cuts

BY MARK MILLER: When you hear a politician start a sentence with the phrase “We’re all living longer,” grab your wallet. You are about to be told that Social Security or Medicare benefits should be cut because of America’s rising longevity.

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