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Consider history of care

September 13, 2012
The Leader Herald

Medicare has been a big topic of debate among politicians. It would do us all good to look at history.

In 1965 when Medicare was passed, about 50 percent of seniors had no health insurance and at least 25 percent were getting no health care at all. Seniors then, as today, had much greater health-care needs than the general population. The day that Medicare went into effect, I was an intern. We were overwhelmed by seniors who had no health care for years.

Today, hips can be replaced, cataracts removed and lives can be restored, but it all costs money. I am certain we can reduce costs and be more effective, but we must not go back to a time when seniors must suffer without health care.

Medicare may be seen as a benefit, but it truly is not. The senior has paid in for his or her entire working life and pays about 25 percent of the costs in copays, etc.

I am sure that "Obama care" will need lots of improvement, but "Ryan care" will put healthcare out of the price range of millions of senior citizens.





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