Thursday, April 15, 2010


I am a little less than 2 months from being officially a "Medicare" recipient.  After spending countless hours trying to figure out which of the 55+ choices of supplemental insurances I finally made a choice.  Frankly, I made a choice one month ago but when the new Healthcare bill was signed I learned that the Advantage plans would be capped.  That sent me back to searching again.  I hope that I never have to go through this again.  People our age should be having less stressful moments, but there is more red tape to go through when you reach the golden years than you can
even imagine.  Not something the younger folks will have to struggle with for many years, if Medicare and the Govt Healthcare Program is still in existence by then.

Anyway, there was a letter in our newspaper today entitled  AAA sold out seniors that I wanted to post because it seems appropriate now.    Here goes:

"President Obama's new health plan is being partially funded by cutting $500 billion from Medicare.  This will most certainly have an adverse effect on Medicare as seniors now know it." (Oh no, not more changes?) 

"As for AARP, Sen John McCain said, 'AARP sold out the seniors when they approved the new health plan and we should relinquish our membership in the organization.'  I
totally agree.  We the senior citizens have nothing to gain and everything to lose.  The seniors are the biggest voting bloc in the United States today.  We can still save Medicare in November by voting in a Congress that listens to the will of the people."
~~Robert Smith, North Whitehall Township

2011, apparently Advantage plans are acceptable, but to change over from regular medicare to an advantage plan would mean saying goodbye to Silver Sneakers and the YMCA membership.

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