Kay Hagan is a Medicare buy-in advocate

imagesDuring her Senate campaign part of Hagan’s platform called for a Medicare buy-in proposal so that people without insurance between the ages of 55 and 65 could purchase coverage through the popular public program for the elderly.

The proposal has attracted renewed attention as a possible compromise measure to replace the public option. Now it looks like the Senate’s most craven member, Sen. Joe Lieberman, will try to kill the Medicare expansion and the public option — and he may very well succeed.

Here is what Hagan said in her platform:

Allow Individuals Ages 55-64 to Buy Into Medicare. Many Americans are unable to receive health insurance because they do not have access to employer-based insurance and because their chronic conditions make buying private health insurance impossible. Without health insurance, these Americans, who have often worked their entire lives, could suffer from a catastrophic bankruptcy if they develop serious health problems. Further, there is an added strain on the Medicare system when 65 year olds, who were previously uninsured, enter the system because they are less healthy than their previously insured peers. Kay will sponsor legislation that allows Americans ages 55-64 who do not have access to a group or federal health insurance plan to buy into the Medicare system, which will prevent and detect illness and reduce costs when they finally enroll in Medicare at age 65.

I’m sure the Medicare proposal will not be the deciding factor in how Hagan votes. She will likely consider the bill in its entirety, as she should; nevertheless, I hope she is fighting for this important campaign pledge.

9 Comments

  1. jacksmith

    December 15, 2009 at 11:03 am

    THE FILIBUSTER MUST GO! It’s undemocratic. It was created to subvert democracy and the will of the people. The Constitution Of The United States only calls for a simple majority vote in the Senate (51 votes). The Senate should pass the strongest Public Option it can with 51 votes.

    CRITICAL!! From jacksmith – Working Class

    My Fellow Americans and People Of The World

    A strong Government-run MEDICARE like Public Option is CRITICAL!!

    A Medicare Buy-in at 55 is a GOOD! idea. But!, not a substitute for a strong Medicare like public option CHOICE for everyone. Nor is the (FEHBP). Without a strong public option on day one the Senate health-care bill is a disaster for the American People and the World. Therefore you must KILL!! it. Without a strong public option the health-care reform bill is MUCH WORSE! than what we have now, and what we have now is a catastrophe. SO YOU MUST KILL!! IT.

    What is proposed in the Senate is the worst case scenario for health-care reform. It would shift trillions of taxpayer, public and private dollars into the hands of the private insurance industry (The single most costly, deadly and dangerous product sold in America). And it would compel by law millions of Americans to financially support this oxymoronic criminal enterprise. You cant have a MANDATE WITHOUT A STRONG PUBLIC OPTION CHOICE!

    You will have NO! realistic way of controlling cost and quality. Cost will continue soaring through the roof bleeding the American people dry, and KILLing our economy. And our quality of healthcare will continue to decline below our current ranking of “WORST! quality of healthcare delivery in the developed World”.

    H1N1 IS A WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION!

    I have to tell you now that the H1N1 virus is a man-made WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION! and TERROR! It is a WEAPONIZED version of a flu virus. It has swept the planet infecting millions. And causing a global pandemic that has killed tens of thousands, and injured millions.

    The H1N1 virus is the product of the DISGRACEFUL, GREED DRIVEN PRIVATE FOR PROFIT MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX! It was released in the U.S. in Texas in early January of this year, but not recognized until around April in California. The reason I know this is because when it came to America, it came to see me FIRST! How sweet…

    This was around the time the MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX! assaulted the Whitehouse with all their devils deals to cripple and weaken YOUR! healthcare reform. Especially your right to have a single payer system like HR676 (Medicare For All) which most of you wanted.

    They don’t even want you to have your HUGE!!! compromise position of a strong government-run MEDICARE like Public Option CHOICE. To compete with their DISGRACEFUL, GREED DRIVEN, MURDEROUS, PRIVATE FOR PROFIT PRODUCT (The single most costly, deadly and dangerous product sold in America).

    They also wanted to take away your rights to have your government meet it’s responsibility to use it’s full power to regulate, negotiate, and control drug cost, healthcare cost and quality. Something every other civilized country in the developed World has done for it’s people. Their Greed! moral degeneracy and lack of patriotism knows no bounds.

    Many of you will remember that before we knew about H1N1. I posted a open message to the President and Congress warning them to be vigilant about their health, and cautious about any medical advice they received. As I said then “they will not hesitate to try and hurt you”.

    The U.S. and the World have been under a BIOLOGICAL TERROR ATTACK! for over a year now. It is CRITICAL that We The People Of The United States take away control of our healthcare system from the GREED DRIVEN MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX!

    For our own National security, and the security of the world.

    A Strong, government-run, MEDICARE like Public Option CHOICE. Available to everyone on day one, with the full unfettered power of the federal government to regulate, negotiate, and control cost and quality. Would be the most workable way to deal with this global crisis at this time. Including patent suspensions as needed for national security or the greater good.

    As an American I invite the peoples of the World to help us fix our healthcare crisis. And bring pressure on our government to meet it’s responsibility to protect global security by controlling, and removing the corrupting influence of GREED and the PRIVATE FOR PROFIT motivations from healthcare in the U.S. and around the World.

    I call on the governments of the World and the global intelligence community to track down these MASS MURDERERS, and bring them to justice. CONNECT THE DOTS! And be vigilant that they don’t slip in another viral strain on you under the cloak of H1N1 sequestration.

    Further, the proposed patent protection on biologic’s must be stripped from the US bill. And greatly shorten/restricted, or abolished completely. This is a grave danger to humanity and global security.

    I think President Obama is doing the best he can at playing the disastrous deck of cards he inherited from the previous administration. And I think he is doing an excellent job. But the wolves and devils of the medical industrial complex! are trying to exploit, and take advantage of his good heart, and desperate desire to help suffering Americans. But we must be strong and insist that healthcare reform be done right for the American people. Or everyone loose’s.

    This is all I can say in a message post. I’ll try to find a way to tell you more later.

    God Bless You My Fellow Human Beings

    jacksmith – Working Class

    p.s. The so-called nominal H1N1 virus is designed in such a way as to make it more lethal to children and young adults. The medical community must be more vigilant of secondary bacterial infections in the young caused by H1N1. And remember, a viral infection is also a transfer of genetic code to you. Think about it, and be vigilant. :-(

  2. Medicare 4 All

    December 15, 2009 at 1:03 pm

  3. Adam Searing

    December 15, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Go Senator Hagan. One more good idea is getting heard in the Senate – let’s hope Lieberman doesn’t get his way.

  4. Medicare 4 All

    December 15, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    isnt Sen. Hagan a big hospital bondholder?

  5. Medicare 4 All

    December 15, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Question: If the reports are true and the Dems are going to cave and we end up with NO option, coupled with a mandate…will we FINALLY see Americans wake the hell up and revolt, or will they continue to lay back and allow themselves to be screwed? Is this country even capable of revolution anymore?

  6. ALAN COATES

    December 15, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    When has the federal government or any state government provided
    a product or service more economically than the free enterprise?

    Kay, It’s free enterprise. Please vote
    to keep it.

  7. AdamL

    December 15, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    What’s free enterprise — our health care system? Medicare?

  8. Mike

    December 15, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    isnt for profit health insurance BANNED in Europe?

  9. Expat 2 Be

    December 15, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    doctors in Europe dont make near the bucks that they do in the USA.

    If we are serious about cost containment won’t USA providers have to work for less?

    why not salaried docs like the VA and Kaiser Permanente?