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Biden Administration Boosts Medicare Premiums, Blames Drug Costs and Pandemic
11/15/2021 6:12:11 AM PST · by gattaca · 23 replies
Epoch Times ^ | November 13, 2021 | Zachary Stieber
The Biden administration announced on Nov. 12 that it’s raising Medicare premiums, a move that it blamed in part on the cost of drugs. The Medicare Part B standard monthly premium will rise by nearly $22 to $170.10 in 2022, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). “The increase in the Part B premium for 2022 is continued evidence that rising drug costs threaten the affordability and sustainability of the Medicare program,” Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, administrator of the agency, said in a statement. “The Biden–Harris Administration is working to make drug prices more affordable and equitable for all...

Biden Administration Hikes Medicare Premiums, Blames Drug Costs and Pandemic
11/13/2021 7:38:22 PM PST · by MNJohnnie · 26 replies
The Epoch Times ^ | 11-13-21 | Zachary Steiber
<p>The Medicare Part B standard monthly premium will rise by nearly $22 to $170.10 next year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said.</p><p>One drug in particular was a major factor. Officials said the uncertainty surrounding the potential use of the Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm by people covered by Medicare meant they needed to store away a higher level of reserves. The agency in July began analyzing whether Medicare would cover the drug but has not yet finished the analysis.</p>

Will Joe Biden Cancel His Fellow Seniors’ Medicare Plans?
10/25/2021 10:57:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
The Federalist ^ | October 25, 2021 | Christopher Jacobs
It's no surprise that someone who went out of his way to avoid paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in Medicare taxes would agree to jeopardize the Medicare coverage of 27 million beneficiaries.Twelve months after Joe Biden claimed at the final presidential debate that “not one single person, private insurance, would lose their insurance under my [health] plan,” Democrats stand on the precipice of turning Biden’s statement into a reprise of Barack Obama’s “If you like your plan, you can keep it” Lie of The Year. The effort could cost millions of seniors their private Medicare plans, as Democrats raid...

Five Decades Later, Medicare Might Cover Dental Care
08/30/2021 1:37:47 PM PDT · by algore · 70 replies
ny times ^
Nearly half of Americans 65 and over didn’t visit a dentist in the last year, and nearly one in five have lost all their natural teeth, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There’s growing evidence that dental problems can worsen other health conditions that Medicare does cover. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent who is the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, has played a crucial role in advancing the measure. He recalled living as a young man in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, five miles from the clinic where Ms. Hayes received her care, and learning that many residents...

Biden to direct nursing homes to have staffers vaccinated to continue to get Medicare and Medicaid
08/19/2021 5:03:57 AM PDT · by gattaca · 46 replies
Just the News ^ | August 18, 2021 | Just the News staff
The Biden administration will tell U.S. nursing homes they must require staffers be vaccinated for COVID-19 to continue to receive Medicare and Medicaid funding, according to news reports President Biden is set to officially announced the change Wednesday afternoon, according to CNN, which learning of the matter from administration officials. Biden will direct the Department of Health and Human Services to draft new regulations making vaccinations for nursing home employee a condition for such facilities to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, the officials said. The move represents a significant escalation in Biden’s campaign to get Americans vaccinated and...

Joe Biden Allegedly Exploited S-Corporation Loophole to Avoid Paying Medicare, Social Security Taxes
09/28/2020 7:46:14 AM PDT · by mplc51 · 26 replies
Breitbart ^ | 09/28/2020 | Matthew Boyle
The establishment media is all aflutter Monday after a New York Times story over the weekend about incumbent GOP President Donald Trump’s tax records, but it turns out Democrat candidate former Vice President Joe Biden allegedly used a series of tax code loopholes to avoid paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes over the years. Back in August, the Wall Street Journal’s Chris Jacobs exposed how the Biden family structured what is called an “S-Corp” to avoid paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes.

WATCH: Joe Biden's Social Security & Medicare Comments on the Floor of the Senate
09/11/2020 9:24:44 AM PDT · by wrrock · 6 replies
TG ^ | 9/11/2020 | Evan
Joe Biden has been on the floor of the Senate talking about the need to cut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and veterans’ benefits. This is where laws are defined. His comments on the Senate floor are likely his true position, since they are made when laws are being finalized. In the debates, Biden flatly denied he made these comments. Compare the videos and judge for yourselves.WATCH BIDEN COMMENTS ON FLOOR OF SENATE & Biden denying them at a debate......

Kamala Harris on student-loan forgiveness, Medicare, universal basic income, credit scores — and a tax on trading stocks
08/20/2020 4:23:05 PM PDT · by karpov · 9 replies
MarketWatch ^ | August 16, 2020 | MeeraJagannathan, Jacob Passy and Jillian Berman
... Student-loan debt and higher education During her short-lived presidential campaign, Harris joined her competitors Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren in releasing a plan aiming to address the $1.5 trillion student-debt problem. The proposal was part of her broader plan to close the black-white gap with regard to jobs in high-paying fields like technology and engineering and entrepreneurship. Under the Harris proposal, borrowers who received a Pell Grant, the money the government provides to low-income students to attend college, will have up to $20,000 of their student debt forgiven if they start a business and operate it for at least...

New to medicare, being denied cataract surgery
06/01/2020 7:19:42 PM PDT · by George from New England · 29 replies
New to medicare, just turned 65 in April. This is likely more a Florida issue, than elsewhere in the country. Florida has more HMO and Medicare Advantage providers due to more seniors down here. History: Two years ago I had multiple image vision in my right eye. Was 63, found eye surgeon that said cataracts, agreed to do surgery for me at no more than the price medicare allowed. Done it. A month later he wanted to do the other eye. I put it off til recently so medicare would cover it. Unfortunately this Dr doesn't not subscribe with the...

Warren pivots on 'Medicare for All' in bid to become Biden's VP
05/21/2020 9:00:05 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 11 replies
Politico ^ | 05/21/2020 04:30 AM EDT | ALEX THOMPSON
In the thick of primary season, Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden brawled over "Medicare for All”: He called her approach “angry,” “elitist,” “condescending”; she shot back, anyone who defends the health care status quo with industry talking points is “running in the wrong presidential primary.” Six months later, with Biden the presumptive Democratic nominee and Warren in the running for VP, she is striking a more harmonious chord. Advertisement "I think right now people want to see improvements in our health care system, and that means strengthening the Affordable Care Act," she told students at the University of Chicago’s Institute...

Biden releases plans to expand Medicare, forgive student debt (Pander 2020)
04/09/2020 1:15:36 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 35 replies
The Hill ^ | 04 09 2020 | Tal Axelrod
Former Vice President Joe Biden released plans to expand Medicare eligibility and forgive some student debt as he works to unite a fractured Democratic base behind his presumptive 2020 nomination. Biden announced Thursday he would lower the Medicare eligibility age to 60 and forgive student debt for low-income and middle class families who attended public colleges and universities, historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and underfunded minority-serving institution (MSIs). The proposals mark an initial olive branch to supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), some of whom have expressed skepticism at Biden’s centrist brand of politics and were dismayed when the...

Trailing Bernie, Joe Biden Trashes Medicare-for-All in Nashua
02/04/2020 8:49:55 PM PST · by edwinland · 10 replies
New Boston Post ^ | Feb 4, 2020 | Tom Joyce
Trailing significantly in the New Hampshire Democratic Primary polls to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden slammed the Vermont socialist’s health care plan in a speech at Girls Inc. in Nashua on Tuesday afternoon. Biden, who arrived 50 minutes late to his own event, mentioned only two other candidates who are running for president: Sanders and Donald Trump. With Sanders leading Biden 29 points to 14 points in New Hampshire in the latest Emerson College poll, Biden attempted to present himself as the more pragmatic candidate of the two to take on Trump. Biden spoke glowingly of...

President Trump Is Saving Medicare — and Healthcare — For All
10/11/2019 3:38:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | October 11, 2019 | Natalie Harp
Few can forget the graphic television advertisement from the 2012 presidential election, in which a Paul Ryan look-alike tossed “Granny Off the Cliff” while the announcer quips, “Is America Beautiful without Medicare?” Well, just two presidential election cycles later, “Medicare for All” really is threatening to push Granny off the cliff. And America’s seniors are demanding answers. For decades, citizens have feared losing Medicare. Why? Because America’s seniors have endured half a century of the same all-talk, no-action politicians promising results and delivering consequences. Consider this: For 45 years, today’s retirees have witnessed their family and friends who wear the...

President Donald J. Trump Stands Against the Lies of Medicare-For-None
10/03/2019 11:37:57 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 5 replies ^ | October 3, 2019 | Whitehouse
 We have to reject the socialist model that rations care, restricts access, slashes quality, and forces patients onto endless waitlists. Instead, we believe in freedom. We believe in choice. We believe in the highest standard of care in the world — anywhere in the world. President Donald. J. Trump  RESISTING THE LIES OF SOCIALIZED MEDICINE: President Donald J. Trump will never allow the left’s radical Medicare-for-All to destroy the American healthcare system. The radical far left continues to push a socialist takeover of our healthcare system and lie to the American people about the devastating impact it would have.Congressional...

Biden unveils plan to strengthen ObamaCare (and not Medicare for All)
07/15/2019 7:48:13 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 11 replies
NY Post ^ | July 15 2019 | Mark Moore
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden unveiled a plan on Monday to bolster ObamaCare by protecting people with pre-existing conditions, ​adding a “public option” like Medicare and using tax credits to lower premiums. With the announcement, the former vice president set himself apart from other Democratic candidates who supported “Medicare for all,” including Sens. Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris. ​”I understand the appeal of Medicare for All,” Biden said in a video posted ​Monday. “But folks supporting it should be clear that it means getting rid of Obamacare. And I’m not for that.”

Biden: ‘Starting Over’ from Obamacare with Medicare for All Would Be ‘a Sin’
07/09/2019 5:06:09 AM PDT · by davikkm · 9 replies
breitbart ^ | IAN HANCHETT
During an interview broadcast on Monday’s edition of CNN’s “Cuomo Primetime,” 2020 Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden expressed opposition to anyone of either party trying to “dismantle” Obamacare, and said that doing so doesn’t make sense and would be “a sin.” Biden said that Medicare for all can’t exist with the ACA, “and that’s why I’m opposed to any Republican who wants to dismantle it, or any Democrat who wants to dismantle it. The idea that you’re going to come along and take the most significant thing that happened, that any president has tried to do and...

Biden Defends The Ruling Class (Calls For Cutting Social Security & Medicare
06/11/2019 7:36:37 PM PDT · by Its All Over Except ... · 27 replies
CSPAN ^ | 5/18/2018 | ?
"I don't think 500 billionaires are...why we're in trouble," says the ex-VP... ... adds he would shrink Social Security and Medicare.

Medicare for All Would Abolish Private Insurance. ‘There’s No Precedent in American History.’
03/23/2019 1:04:34 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 97 replies
New York Times ^ | March 23, 2019 | Reed Abelson and Margot Sanger-Katz
At the heart of the “Medicare for all” proposals championed by Senator Bernie Sanders and many Democrats is a revolutionary idea: Abolish private health insurance. Proponents want to sweep away our complex, confusing, profit-driven mess of a health care system and start fresh with a single government-run insurer that would cover everyone. But doing away with an entire industry would also be profoundly disruptive. The private health insurance business employs at least a half a million people, covers about 250 million Americans, and generates roughly a trillion dollars in revenues. Its companies’ stocks are a staple of the mutual funds...

Biden Doesn’t Realize Trump Proposed the Same Medicare Cuts as Obama, Bashes Them Anyway
03/12/2019 6:57:17 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 9 replies ^ | 12 March 2019 | Madison Dibble
Former Vice President Joe Biden maybe be reconsidering his harsh criticisms over President Donald Trump’s cuts to Medicare. The Trump administration unveiled its budget proposal for 2020. As IJR previously reported, the budget aims to decrease the annual deficit and secure the final funding needed to complete the southern border wall. As part of Trump’s proposed budget, the administration decided to keep cuts proposed by the Obama Administration when it comes to Medicare. According to a report by Axios, Trump’s team proposed cutting around $800 billion over ten years, with the majority of the spending cuts coming from renegotiations of...

#2020Vision: Dems' two 'Medicare for all' choices; Biden's quiet moves; Franken blocks Trump pick
09/08/2017 2:24:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
CNN Politics ^ | September 8, 2017 | Eric Bradner
Next week, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will introduce his long-awaited single-payer health care bill with a cadre of the Democratic 2020 prospects expected to sign on as co-sponsors. Not long afterward, Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, another potential 2020 candidate, will propose an alternative: Allowing individuals and businesses to buy into Medicare. Both ideas have, at times, been labeled "Medicare for all." But their differences also offer a glimpse at what's likely to be a defining debate within the Democratic Party in its next nominating contest: A full shift to a government health insurance system versus a partial step away from...
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