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  •  I don't know the details of that (1+ / 0-)
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    mdmslle

    Some people get very nice pensions. Also, is that for a couple or a single person? One spouse could be working while the other was on Medicare.

    Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

    by blue aardvark on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 01:55:32 PM PST

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    •  I think the thresholds are doubled for married (3+ / 0-)
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      blue aardvark, mdmslle, skohayes

      couples.

      So I guess if one spouse works and the other gets Medicare, they would pay an extra premium if the one spouse earns more than $170,000 per year.

      I may be missing something, but based on my limited understanding of how this works, this is the one part of the McConnell proposal that I might find acceptable. Nobody should be forced to keep working after 65, which is why I oppose raising the retirement age. But I don't necessarily have a problem with raising premiums on seniors who choose to keep working and earn more than $85,000. Providing those people with an incentive to retire may not be such a bad thing in an economy where there are too few jobs to go around.

      Thoughts?

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