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Goodman: Health care is a life-or-death issue

Where are the protesters voices? Instead, the networks turn to the same circle of pundits who know so little about so much, focusing only on the Democratic/Republican divide in Congress.

Feds to waive penalties for some who signed up late for Medicare

Each year, thousands of Americans miss their deadline to enroll in Medicare, and federal officials and consumer advocates worry that many of them mistakenly think they don’t need to sign up because they have purchased insurance on the health law’s marketplaces. That decision can leave them facing a lifetime of enrollment penalties.

Medicare changes – the good and the bad

The good news is Social Security numbers will be removed from Medicare cards, the bad news is this will motivate sophisticated scammers to attempt to steal your identity or money.

Older Americans want Medicare to pay for long-term care

A growing number of Americans age 40 and older think Medicare should cover the costs of long-term care for older adults, according to a poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Trump’s $4.1T budget relies on deep domestic cuts

President Donald Trump’s proposed $4.1 trillion budget slashes safety net programs for the poor, targeting food stamps and Medicaid, while relying on rosy projections about the nation’s economic growth to balance the budget within 10 years.

Harrop: Rx may be Medicare Advantage for all

In developing a health care system that is universal, provides high-quality care and is affordable, we need not make a fetish out of copying the Canadian model.

Robert J. Samuelson: Medicaid needs long-term solution

Doesn’t Medicare – not Medicaid – cover the elderly and disabled? Well, yes, but there’s a giant omission: nursing home and other long-term care. Medicaid covers these for the poor elderly and disabled.

GOP’s health reform plan threatens Medicare

Little noticed in the Republican plan to repeal Obamacare is a tax cut that would benefit the wealthy and undercut Medicare, the federal program that insures 55 million older Americans and disabled people.

Medicare Part B premium rise erodes Social Security increase

While average Social Security benefits for retired workers increased by about $5 from $1,355 to $1,360 because of the annual cost-of-living adjustment, Medicare Part B premiums also rose this year, causing the average Social Security recipient to either break even or suffer a slight decline in income.

Avik Roy: Hard-liners incoherent on AHCA

The AHCA isn’t flawed because it offers financial assistance to the uninsured. It’s flawed because it doesn’t provide enough assistance to them, making premiums unaffordable for many poor people.

Health care bill’s harm is far-reaching

After 2,500 days, the American Health Care Act is born. Congressional Republicans’ much-anticipated health care bill may have a similar name to the Affordable Care Act it’s intended to replace, but it would have a dramatically different impact. Despite President Donald Trump’s stated goals of covering at least as many people as the ACA, with more affordable policies, the plan put forward by the House on Monday would cut coverage for millions and make it more expensive for millions more. But it’s not these obvious changes that are most concerning. There is a great deal about the bill that’s not apparent at first glance. None of it will be missed by the impartial Congressional Budget Office.

Sue Lani Madsen: Lower reimbursement, more bureaucracy not a prescription for good health under Medicare

As long as health care reform is underway, there will always be a column topic. Barely six months passed between President Barack Obama signing the Affordable Care Act and the first of 70 changes and counting. Six years of implementation have exposed more flaws to fix, whether by wholesale replacement or more years of repairs. And every column on health care generates feedback that leads to another column.