I RECENTLY RECEIVED A STATEMENT FROM SOCIAL SECURITY FROM WHICH OUR MEDICARE PAYMENT IS DEDUCTED MONTHLY. WE WERE SUPPOSED TO GET A 2% RAISE AFTER YEARS OF NO INCREASES BUT THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED.

THE INCREASE WAS ADDED TO CREATE A NEW AMOUNT BUT AT THE SAME TIME THE SAME AMOUNT WAS ADDED TO THE MEDICARE PAYMENT SO THAT THE NET INCREASE WAS ZERO. WHAT THEY GAVE THEY IMMEDIATELY TOOK AWAY SO NO INCREASE IN FUNDS FOR ME. I ASKED ANOTHER FRIEND AND THEY DID THIS TO HIS SOCIAL SECURITY AS WELL.

IT WAS REPORTED TODAY ON THOM'S SHOW THAT MEDICARE WILL BE GETTING 4% CUTS EACH YEAR FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL YEARS. WE SENIORS ARE ON LIMITED INCOMES AND THIS IS JUST ANOTHER WAY WE ARE GETTING SCREWED.

ANY COMMENTS YOU HAVE WOULD BE APPRECIATED. I ALREADY CONTACTED MY SENATORS AND I'LL SEND MY COMMENTS TO MY REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE HERE IN CALIFORNIA WHO SWITCHED HIS VOTE AT THE LAST MINUTE TO AGREE WITH THE REPUBLICAN TAX PLAN. MANY OF HIS CONSTITUENTS LIVE IN RURAL AREAS AS WELL AS GROWING SUBURBAN COMMUNITIES NEAR SACRAMENTO, CA. i WROTE TO HIM CONCERNING HIS CHANGE OF VOTE AT THE LAST MINUTE AND TOLD HIM THAT I WOULD ACTIVELY TRY TO MAKE SURE HE IS NOT REELECTED.

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES AND TELL THEM THAT THIS IS A GROSSLY UNFAIR POLICY. THANK YOU.

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InkyBoy 1 year 29 weeks ago
#1

I heard the same thing on Thom's Wednesday program. He said Medicare would be cut 4% in 2018 and for the next 10 years. I am looking for any substantiating information on this.

virginsnow 1 year 29 weeks ago
#2

I called in a couple of days ago to the program and he explained that it begins next year.

This 4% cut is the amount that Congress allocates in funding the program.

I think that by taking away the social security increase and using it to fund medicare is like a double whammy--both on medicare and social security.

My costs for everything including health care fees have gone up, homeowner association fees have increased and homeowners insurance have gone up, the price of food everywhere has increased, gas has gone way up, especially here in California due to a tax on gas to repair highways, and the very little amount I was to receive would have helped. Now I have to cut back even further. I am 69 and disabled. I can only look forward to more and higher costs of living and watch what I have in savings dwindle with no concern whatsoever by the current government, including the republican congressman, Mr. McLintock, who represents our area. We need to impeach President Trump and get rid of the republican congress. I can only laugh at the people who voted for these people who really believe that trickle down economics works, while the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.

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Dianereynolds 1 year 29 weeks ago
#3

Lot's of bullshit and not much truth from the left or right concerning the new tax laws. Calm down, take a deep breath, and turn from talking bobbleheads to music during the afternoons. You will sleep much better.

rs allen 1 year 29 weeks ago
#4

Golly gee reynolds tin fold wrap, thanks for that bit of non usable bit of advise.

Hows that going to work when the banksters are busy taking all the doh-re-me while demanding $$$$$'s for the only safe drinking water?

Nice quiet music for the coming times:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3dvbM6Pias

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SueN 1 year 29 weeks ago
#5

Telling people to ignore uncomfortable facts is not helpful.

If you want to know the facts, try sitting down to read the actual bill or the CBO report.

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1

https://www.cbo.gov/publication/53415

Caution: you may find they send you to sleep.

Or listen to Thom, and follow the sources he cites.

rs allen 1 year 29 weeks ago
#6

Sue, this tax bill is so odious in so many ways it's hard to figure a place to start in on it as most of it's beginnings date back to the early 70's and the Powell Manifesto made whole cloth by small incremental steps covering 45 years without even going into what has been admited they want to do more largely to the social safty net in the coming year.

http://reclaimdemocracy.org/powell_memo_lewis/

How to attack something that has been 45 years in the making?

Keep trying to educate I guess.

Keep trying to somehow jar people awake I guess.

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zapdam. 1 year 29 weeks ago
#7

AS a CANADIAN it's so frustrating and horrifying to watch as Americans split hairs on the prices , coverage and relevance of a corrupt and cruel health insurance system and watch as Americans pay through the nose for their 'for profit system'. When the Military Industrial complex through bought and paid for politicians, forces you to pay your taxes to support an almost trillion dollar military per year , i guess there's not much left for the people. Add Trumps two trillion tax give away to the richest 1/10 of one percent and now there's even less.

In Canada since 1967, a half century, Canadians have been covered unconditionally from cradle to grave with government run universal health care system, universal means Canadians are covered coast to coast. Our health care is administered by each province and most provinces charge NO health care premiums , even when they do it usually DOES NOT exceed $1200. a YEAR. Under our health system their are no limits to treatment, no one is denied health care, pre-existing clause doesn't exist up here. Canadians are free to choose whatever doctor or doctors the like, be treated at clinics or hospitals of their choice, there are no restrictions. What about DEATH PANELS, the answer is there are none, but there are under the US for profit system where people are denied service if they can't pay or if they have pre-existing health issues.

It is an OFFENSE under the Canada Health Act for a doctor or hospital or clinic to charge a patient. ALL charges must be billed by the provider through the government which pays the bill. With the exception of a few provinces that do charge premiums most between $600- $1200 a year, our health care is financed out of general tax revenues. Are there waiting times? Yes in some instances, when you have 35 million Canadians at any one time accessing our health care there can be wait times. Emergencies are treated immediately as are other non elective surgeries. Are Canadians happy with our government run universal health care? In the last poll taken, 87% of Canadians approved of our health care service, the remainder felt there is always room for improvement, but added they would never support for profit health care. BOTTOM LINE, everyone is covered unconditionally, you can travel coast to coast and still be covered under health care, no one goes bankrupt due to illness, we live healthier lives, suffer less and live longer than our American cousins.

Has our 'free health care' forced our taxes into the stratosphere. NO. Actually the tax rate on the first 46 thousand dollars Canadians earn is 15%, then it goes up in increments from there, example 46 thousand to 91 thousand our tax rate is 20.5%. In some provinces like Alberta where I live, the sales tax is 5%.

http://www.canadian-healthcare.org/page2.html

https://www.healthcare-now.org/blog/new-poll-shows-canadians-overwhelmin...

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/tax/individuals/frequen...

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