Posts tagged "medicare"

How glad I am that I'm too old to be starting a family.

Today’s young couples are facing impossible financial expectations and demands. I was reminded of that when a friend told me that her son’s college education was costing $54,000 — a year. That’s more than I spent some 20 years ago for my two children’s entire college educations. I can only shudder when I think what... Read more »

Seniors: Who do you want rationing your Medicare?

My dear brother and sister seniors, Someone has to say it: You and I will have to sacrifice, like everyone else, to help pull America back from financial disaster. Just like the sacrifices demanded of public employees and government beneficiaries. Just like the millions of private-sector unemployed and underemployed have already sacrificed. Without some sacrifice,... Read more »

Schakowsky and her flunkies don't speak for this senior.

A breathless e-press release arrived today announcing: REP. SCHAKOWSKY, SENIOR ADVOCATES CALL ON SUPER COMMITTEE TO DEFEND MEDICARE Protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid in Debt Negotiations  It runs on to proclaim: [Today] Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) will join Latinos for a Secure Retirement (LSR) and the Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans on a press... Read more »
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Think that Obamacare will make things cheaper and more available?

Then think again. Below is a letter that a patient received from a his cardiologist outlinging the upcoming change First thing you notice is that you’ll be paying for everything, including phone calls and emails. If that doesn’t suit you, you can buy a plan that will give you greater access, for a bunch of... Read more »

Battling the bulge: Here's where to slash the budget

Two weeks ago I suggested that climbing out of our financial sinkhole requires us to fundamentally downsize our expectations of what we can milk from government (“Champagne taste with a beer budget”). Reader Dienne posted a complaint: “I’m sorry, Mr. Byrne, perhaps I missed it, but I didn’t see a solution in this column —... Read more »

Congressional pandering to seniors

If this doesn’t beat all: Chicken House members voted to make sure seniors get a cost of The Chicken Coop living increase in their social security checks, even though the cost of living hasn’t increased. As reported by the Associated Press: The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to eliminate monthly premium increases for millions of Medicare... Read more »
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Happy Birthday, America. Here's your bill

Rarely has America been in as much debt as it is this Independence Day. It’s so huge that we can’t even agree on how much it is. By some accounts, our government is $11.5 trillion in debt, meaning that each of us is on the hook for $37,000. According to the Associated Press, that mountain... Read more »
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