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View Diary: What I Keep Not Hearing About Medicare (182 comments)

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  •  You pinpoint a flaw in all marketplace solutions. (8+ / 0-)

    While Republicons promote the marketplace as the better alternative to government programs, the fact is that many people - perhaps most of us and certainly most seniors - are not equipped to make the best decisions in the face of the advertising and paperwork that private businesses generate.

    Having helped an elderly relative with Medicare, supplemental health insurance, long term care insurance, retiree health benefits, and catastrophic health insurance, I know that understanding the policies, amassing the documentation required for reimbursement, and satisfying all the paperwork deadlines is a daunting undertaking. I doubt that anybody who needs to use these insurance benefits is actually in good enough shape to meet the requirements.

    This is, in my mind, a compelling reason for universal single-payer health coverage.

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