No, undocumented immigrants don’t get Medicare for free

My Comments: The article that follows is part of my response to the current popular political phrase “Medicare For All”. Unfortunately, that’s an overly simplistic phrase that fails to properly reflect the underlying need for a total re-evaluation of our current health care delivery system here in the US. Yes, there’s a growing national discussion …

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Avoiding The Long-Term-Care Catastrophe

My Comments: It’s unlikely that I’ll be alive and well one day and dead the next. The more likely outcome is a decline that might first manifest physically and/or mentally, or both, followed by many months or years before the lights go out. How many of you are willing to live the rest of your …

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…health benefits’ costs expected to rise 5% in 2020…

My Comments: The above title is missing a few words. The original reads as follows: “Employee health benefits’ costs are expected to rise 5% in 2020, new survey says”. Here’s my problem with this: if inflation numbers for 2019 are clearly less than 2%, then the costs associated with health benefits are increasing faster than …

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Generic Meds May No Longer Be A Good Idea

My Comments: this topic is way off base for me. But as a consumer of more generic meds than I'd like to admit, it made me pause. Maybe I should share it with my readers who also take generic drugs? It was written by Suzy Cohen, a registered pharmacist from Florida, who writes frequently about …

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Best New Ideas in Retirement: #2 of 8

Last week I gave you the first of 8 new ideas in retirement. As I give you the 2nd, I must give full credit to the person responsible for writing it. His name is Joseph Coughlin and it appeared on July 17, 2019. Here’s a link to where I found it: https://tinyurl.com/yy5dro5u My wife and …

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Retirement: Where You Live, and Medicare

My Comments: My wife and I rely on Medicare, along with a Medicare supplement plan, to pay for our current health care needs. If I have an issue that seems to require the advice and care of a physician, there is no hesitancy to seek that care. None. It never occurred to me this was …

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Life Expectancy and Retirement

I’ve blogged before about the cost of healthcare in this country and how it compares with other industrialized nations across the planet. Of the top 25 such countries, we rank in the bottom 20% in terms of healthcare outcomes (longevity) and what we pay to achieve that dubious distinction. And our longevity numbers have dropped …

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