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The real issue with Medicare

Posted: July 17, 2010 11:06 p.m.
Updated: July 18, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Regarding “Seniors blast Medicare,” (July 9): The headline is very misleading. Most seniors are very happy with Medicare, but they might not be happy with their secondary insurance provider. This provider is one they picked from a large selection.

I have a secondary provider, as many of the seniors I know have, that provides excellent health care, simple-to-arrange doctor appointments including specialists and reasonable co-pay with excellent attention to my problems.

The few seniors complaining at this meeting are blaming Medicare for a problem they can solve by changing their secondary insurance provider, or at least by doing some research to see where they can get the coverage they want, need and can afford. If I did not know better I might assume that these people were hand-picked to make the complaints for the purpose of supporting Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon’s, R-Santa Clarita, weak arguments against Medicare and the impending medical coverage plans soon to be implemented. We must remember Congress has the best medical coverage our money can buy.   

One quick solution to any medical coverage issue is to put all of Congress under the same medical coverage the general public has available, but I digress.

As for the Veterans Affairs medical coverage, I, as a veteran, have found that the VA provides very beneficial and timely treatment for whatever your need. The VA is busy, and sometimes there is a longer wait than I would like, but when my problem is seriously affecting me I can get to see a doctor within a couple of days and sometimes even the same day. The real trade-off is that I have to pay attention to what ails me and seek help before it becomes medically serious.

It would be nice if the congressman made an effort to do more than make reckless party-line statements about Medicare and the new medical plan, and instead offered realistic or feasible suggestions to improve what he is complaining about.


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