Seniors feel Medicare cuts

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In our U.S. government, both the Senate and House of Representatives made and passed reductions of quite a few benefits that were covered in Medicare. Instead of grandfathering those presently on Medicare and making the changes on new members, they cut across the board.

Case in point: I have sleep apnea, and my cost per year was less than $500. Medicare dropped all coverage for sleep apnea, and a high number of people in the Medicare program have sleep apnea. To my knowledge there were no letters or any highlights to notify us of what changes have taken effect unless you read the big book on Medicare coverage.

I personally called the offices of U.S. Rep. John Barrow and other congressional members, but received no feedback. Apparently we the people are not important. Our country needs major changes – mainly, changing better than 50 percent of our current government at all levels locally and nationally. Also, it would be great for the newspaper to print what the bad governmental decisions are that have been made vs. any good ones.

The older folks of this country are being stepped on with no respect to what they have worked for and paid taxes for. But we have kept these people in office, and we keep the same people who have government jobs as a career path and keep serving up more of the same – running for new positions and carrying out the same bad results.

It would be nice to see The Augusta Chronicle take on the Medicare question in an upcoming Sunday newspaper.

George Blackburn Sr.

Martinez

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bubbasauce
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bubbasauce 01/10/14 - 03:25 am
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Yes indeed, we need to get

Yes indeed, we need to get rid of every one of these crooks in D.C.!

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myfather15 01/10/14 - 07:03 am
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Mr. Blackburn

I'm not saying I disagree with your letter, but I've got to check into some things. My mother also has sleep apnea and uses the Cpap device. I wasn't familiar they don't cover this anymore and will have to check into this because I help her with some expenses. This would be rough!!

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karradur 01/10/14 - 07:17 am
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Typical lazy leftie liberal logic!

Maybe if Mr. Blackburn didn't have such an entitlement mentality and learn to work hard and pull himself up by his bootstraps, he wouldn't be brainwashed into thinking the government is supposed to provide him anything.

Wait a minute…

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/10/14 - 07:38 am
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Medicare Tax

Due to the federal government you have to pay Medicare tax all your working life. You have to enroll in Medicare at 65 if you want to receive any of the benefits of all the money you paid in. If the Feds make you pay for the insurance, they should run a valid program.

teaparty
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teaparty 01/10/14 - 07:55 am
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Obamacare stole over $700B
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Obamacare stole over $700B from Medicare that is the reason for the cuts. The community organizer wants to take from people that paid in and give it to the deadbeats.

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d1zmljqg 01/10/14 - 07:55 am
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Have to disagree

Mr. Blackburn stated, "Medicare dropped all coverage for sleep apnea, and a high number of people in the Medicare program have sleep apnea."

I have to disagree after checking this out on

http://www.medicare.gov/coverage/sleep-apnea-and-cpap-therapy.html

Mr. Blackburn do you believe in the "death panel" myth?

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Bodhisattva 01/10/14 - 09:03 am
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When will the Tea Party start using facts not propaganda?
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http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/aug/15/mitt-romn...

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-08-30/hey-paul-ryan-obamacare-...

You'll actually see the "doughnut hole" shrinking year by year and be eliminated by 2020.

You need to use a Medicare approved supplier. They DID NOT drop coverage. They're trying to bring down costs and prevent fraud. Call Medicare or talk to your doctor (no need to call your Congressman, because they didn't drop the coverage) and get a list of approved suppliers. The link below explains it all:

https://www.medicare.gov/Pubs/pdf/11307.pdf

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soapy_725 01/10/14 - 10:06 am
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No plan pays for everything, Original, spicy, extra crispy, et a
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No plan pays for everything, Original, spicy, extra crispy, et a

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/10/14 - 10:06 am
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Original Medicare cost $100/mth even if you do not use it.
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Original Medicare cost $100/mth even if you do not use it.

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Bizkit 01/10/14 - 10:40 am
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Bod I like the Politic

Bod I like the Politic article and agree, but this applies to the wealth disparity too. The wealthy didn't steal or cheat anyone out of their "fair share" as progressives like to lie about too. It's just low down lying by both parties now. We didn't get that liar Bush but we can get this liar Obama and perhaps make an example to end lying presidents. The big deal about Medicare is the new bundled payments vs fee for service=these folks who paid into the system will get screwed because no one will take them because of low return. Originally the law was suppose to save 200 billion in ten years (600 outlays and 800 billion in return) but since the SCOTUS ruling the CBO updated it to only about half that return. 100 billion is always lamented as small change by Dems why suddenly celebrating this as a success. The shutdown cost what 2 billion-a fraction of our saving from the ACA over ten years. Ridiculous.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/10/14 - 10:08 am
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Supplement cost another $100/mth, Prescriptions more $$/mth
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Supplement cost another $100/mth, Prescriptions more $$/mth

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/10/14 - 10:09 am
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You could be paying an addition $300/mth over the cost of MA
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You could be paying an addition $300/mth over the cost of MA

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/10/14 - 10:10 am
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Paying $3600 per year to avoid a possible $4000 out of pocket
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Paying $3600 per year to avoid a possible $4000 out of pocket

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/10/14 - 10:11 am
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Original and Supplemental do not pay for prescription. Or vision
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Original and Supplemental do not pay for prescription. Or vision

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/10/14 - 10:13 am
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If you can afford $500/mth premium, you may avoid out of pocket.
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If you can afford $500/mth premium, you may avoid out of pocket.

teaparty
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teaparty 01/10/14 - 10:15 am
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"He is on a private Medicare
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"He is on a private Medicare Advantage program that was, in fact, seeing reductions as a part of the Affordable Care Act, so that those under 65 can have subsidized healthcare."
thanks, bod never lets the facts get in the way of his opinion.

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Humble Angela 01/10/14 - 10:20 am
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"When will the Tea Party
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"When will the Tea Party start using facts not propaganda?"

You mean like "If you like your insurance, you can keep it?"

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 01/10/14 - 10:21 am
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Teaparty....don't
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Teaparty....don't worry....Bod never has and never will.

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dahreese 01/10/14 - 11:18 am
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"Due to the federal
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"Due to the federal government you have to pay Medicare tax all your working life. You have to enroll in Medicare at 65 if you want to receive any of the benefits of all the money you paid in. If the Feds make you pay for the insurance, they should run a valid program."

As long as the financial bottom twenty percent of this country continue to defend the financial top one percent who control this nation's economy and its politics (and are the cause of its current financial meltdown), public assistance programs will continue to be cut.

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dichotomy 01/10/14 - 01:26 pm
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' (and are the cause of its

' (and are the cause of its current financial meltdown), "

The DEMOCRATS are the cause of the CURRENT financial meltdown. They have firmly entrenched a Jimmy Carter economy with their policies and regulations. 62% employment participation rate and Obamacare keeping companies from hiring and expanding. And their answer is to steal more from those who are working and from those who are retired and PAID for their Social Security and Medicare benefits.

The Democrats do not have any concern for making the economy better and creating jobs. They can always steal from someone who is still working to support their newly created dependent Democrat voters.

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Riverman1 01/10/14 - 01:46 pm
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Dahreese

"As long as the financial bottom twenty percent of this country continue to defend the financial top one percent who control this nation's economy and its politics (and are the cause of its current financial meltdown), public assistance programs will continue to be cut."

The bottom 20 percent defend the top 1 percent how? They pay absolutely nothing in taxes. Don't you seen any responsibility for the financial meltdown coming from the housing crisis where Democrats demanded those who couldn't pay got loans? It appears to me the top earners pay so much in taxes now they are able to feed, clothe and house the bottom 20 percent. Yet, they want more?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 01/10/14 - 01:57 pm
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Dahreese...the wealth envy is
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Dahreese...the wealth envy is getting tiresome.

dahreese
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dahreese 01/10/14 - 02:16 pm
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@Riverman; "The bottom 20
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@Riverman; "The bottom 20 percent defend the top 1 percent how? They pay absolutely nothing in taxes. Don't you seen any responsibility for the financial meltdown coming from the housing crisis where Democrats demanded those who couldn't pay got loans? It appears to me the top earners pay so much in taxes now they are able to feed, clothe and house the bottom 20 percent. Yet, they want more?"

A part of your comment, "The bottom 20 percent defend the top 1 percent how? They pay absolutely nothing in taxes." reminds me of the racist attitudes I grew up with in and on the streets of Atlanta, years ago.

It was said of the poor quality of the black schools, "They don't deserve any better, they don't pay any taxes."

I'm not interested here in discussing race, but the selfish attitude of such conservative thinking.

If attitudes on these discussions are any example, that attitude towards the bottom lower socio-economic folks (now including whites) has not changed.

Is it ignorance, or what, that conservatives who are defending the top one percent think that the playing field to getting to the top (whether you reach it or not) is a level playing field - even for you.

Corporations owned and controlled by the top one percent are creating jobs in other countries, thus leaving Americans (of all races including white) out of jobs and thus having no money to pay taxes with.

And YOU STILL want to say, "It appears to me the top earners pay so much in taxes now they are able to feed, clothe and house the bottom 20 percent. "

The top one percent are the ones with the money and who created this crisis. And by god if they want a better country, let them dig down in their pockets and pay for it.

Otherwise, this one is doomed for.

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Let's not blame this melt down on one political party or one administration.

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dahreese 01/10/14 - 02:18 pm
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It's conservative ignorance
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It's conservative ignorance that's 'tiresome' to me.

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teaparty 01/10/14 - 02:59 pm
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"the bottom lower
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"the bottom lower socio-economic folks"
dahreese, this group was mostly created by the Great Society, liberals/progressives, democrats and black leaders. Instead of lifting black people up they have drugged them down along with a lot of white folks.

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teaparty 01/10/14 - 02:54 pm
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" It's conservative ignorance
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" It's conservative ignorance that's 'tiresome' to me."
dahreese, I for one do not mind being called ignorant by liberals. I AM VERY GLAD I AM IGNORANT TO THAT KIND OF THINKING.

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dahreese 01/10/14 - 02:43 pm
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" I AM VERY GLAD I AM
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" I AM VERY GLAD I AM IGNORANT TO THAT KIND OF THINKING."

Proof of the pudding.

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Riverman1 01/10/14 - 10:29 pm
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Darheese

Dahreese, I don't get it. I said nothing about race. You're right the bottom 20% has many whites, too. But I am right that they pay nothing in taxes. They are taken care of. If you really want to help them, instill in them a competitive desire and don't provide handouts. All the handouts do is given them the Indians on the reservation attitude. The only difference is it's public housing.

You also slammed corporations but they are nothing more than people joined together to invest their money by producing a product people will buy. We have thrown huge amounts at various wars on poverty and all it's done is create a lower class, card carrying, dependent person.

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teaparty 01/10/14 - 02:56 pm
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dahreese, I was being VERY kind when I said 'that kind of ignorance'.

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Humble Angela 01/10/14 - 02:58 pm
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"A part of your comment, "The
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"A part of your comment, "The bottom 20 percent defend the top 1 percent how? They pay absolutely nothing in taxes." reminds me of the racist attitudes I grew up with in and on the streets of Atlanta, years ago."

This is NOT a racist comment, it is a fact. For God's sake, it is getting tiresome when you can't argue using facts, you have to try to interject race into things. It really is quite pathetic. You have my pity.

"It's conservative ignorance that's 'tiresome' to me."

So we are ignorant if we don't believe in your Marxist/socialist ideals that have failed every time they have been tried?

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