Health care reform is something that raises pros and cons in most people's eyes, but seniors may have opinions that are unique to those of others. If you're a senior, are you worried about how health care reform will affect your Medicare benefits? Are you concerned about the cost of reform or even the so-called "death panels"? Share your thoughts, and your reasons behind them, here.
- I work for an insurance company. Kathleen Sebelius has already notified us that they intend to replace with Medicare Advantage programs. They have also indicated that the WILL be health care panel that evaluate cost-benefit for procedures on the elderly (i.e., probably length and quality of life versus the cost of the procedure & hospital stay). Call it what you want, it sounds like "death panels" to me.
- —Guest B. Jensen
Find a good doctor
- I know on the Medicare we have now it is very difficult to get in to see a good doctor. This happpens because Medicare does not pay well or on time. This New Health Care Plan is going to change it to make it more difficult to get the Advantage plans offered that help you find a better doctors care because the Advantage plans pay faster. People on Medicare are usually in the later years of life were money is short. This is going to make most people change back to the Medicare plan which brings your choice of doctor back to the worse care. I still don't understand why the politicians have there own insurance plans which cover them for life. We could correct our problems with health care very fast if they were on the same plans as the people who voted them in. Why should they get more then the rest of the public in the United States??????
- —Guest C. Ford
- I am a senior living on social security and I'm scared as what to expect if this bill passes. I think the president, congressmen, and senate should be willing to live by this bill if they pass it. Let them know how the little people pay. It's sad that we have no say in this. I'm satisfied with what I have now. I say NO to this bill.
- —Guest guest
- I am old, I am disabled, I have been chronically ill for years, and I am living below the proverty level. Whatever the politicians chose to do in the end, it is beyond my ability to do more than accept whatver it is.
- —Guest firstname.lastname@example.org
500 billion from medicare
- If the government is not reducing medicare benefits why does it have to take 500 billion from medicare to finance National health care. No government run program hasn't run into financial problems such as government borrowing of medicare funds. Why should the American people believe our government can run this proposal of health care any more affectively. The American people have said (NO) to a government run health care system. Why don't the politicans listen?? Every legislator who tries to shove this down the American publics throat deserves to be voted out of office.
- —Guest Carl Pentland
very wary and scared
- I have permanent atrial fib, diabetes ,
emphysema , copd , high blood pressure and I'm on meds for my thyroid which has been removed. In addition i use a cpap machine nightly to breath.
I am highly concerned that i may loose some or all of these medicines.
I am also on Medicaide and simply can't afford these items without help.
My total income is $694.00 social security monthly.
Do not do this to millions of Americans who are in my condition.
- —Guest roco campbell
- I would only be concerned if the President who said "if your happy with what you got, you can keep it" If he doesn't keep his word than I would be very concerned.
- —Guest Bernie Gibeault
- I receive injections for herniated disc in my neck and back. They really help and this is all I have for pain since there is no surgery for this problem. Is President Obama's health plan going to stop this pain management?
- —Guest C. Jennings