[Vision2020] Medicare Advantage

Tom Hansen thansen at moscow.com
Tue Feb 24 10:42:55 PST 2015


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Tom Hansen
Moscow, Idaho

"There's room at the top they are telling you still.
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill,
If you want to be like the folks on the hill."

- John Lennon

> On Feb 24, 2015, at 10:34 AM, Nicholas Gier <ngier006 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Roger,
> I almost got caught in a local Medicare Advantage program with all sorts of come-ons, but my former partner, after doing some research, talked me out of it.  We found out that I could not go to the UW medical school or most out-of-state medical facilities.  A popular Medicare Advantage program in Spokane will not cover medical procedures in Moscow!
> Some years ago the North Carolina Teachers Association (I believe) put all of their retirees on a Medicare Advantage Program. Some of them choose to move out of state and they soon discovered that they had no coverage in their new areas of residence!
> Medicare Advantage is a "Free Market" scam: it limits coverage, take money away from ordinary Medicare with its high subsidies, and the health insurance executives add bonuses to their $10 million plus salaries. That's the only "advantage" I can see in this program. 
> Time to cut this one free! It proves once again that making health a commodity subject to market forces simply is not the most efficient way to delivery and guarantee it.
> So I'm telling Sen. Crapo to cool his heels on Medicare Advantage, and do something positive for ordinary Medicare recipients.
> nfg
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