Huckleby wrote: And if somebody gets cancer and incurs huge bills, the rates for the whole group go up dramatically the next year.
And that's why we have to kick retired 65-year-olds off Medicare, right?
Where did this come from?
BTW, there is no proposal to kick anybody off medicare, the proposal is to raise the age of eligibility by 2 or 3 years, phased-in over 50 years.
Obamacare addresses the above problem by preventing insurance companies from raising rates for a group when somebody gets cancer.
But really, the long term effect of Obamacare will be to phase-out employer-based insurance.
DCB wrote:No, the reason the Very Serious People who are trying to negotiate a Grand Bargain want to raise the retirement age is because they think everyone on Medicare is a parasite. And if billionaires have to cough up some extra tip money to pay down the debt, then retired old people are just going to have to give up a few of their medications for a few years. Shared sacrifice and all that.
"retirement age" refers to social security, not medicare, right?
I can't speak to anyone else's motives. I want 100% universal coverage, by whatever way that can work.
Speaking of rasing taxes on the wealthy to keep medicare just the way it is probably doesn't work.
There's an underlying problem/conflict. The only way to have a generous safety net is to increase taxes on the middle class. I'm OK with that, but the middle class - not so much, especially with income taxes. My solution is to add a VAT tax to pay for health care.