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Mitt Romney: Newest Medicare recipient?

He just turned 65 yesterday.  Medicare coverage comes in two parts – Medicare Part A, which covers hospital care and Medicare Part B, which covers doctors.  While your average multimillionaire has the financial resources to decline Part B, there’s no “escaping” Part A.  You paid taxes for it (although Mitt paid less % than most!) and it’s yours, just like Social Security.  Of course, how do you rail against “government health care” when you get it along with everyone else who turned 65?

4 Comments


  1. DisinterestedObserver

    March 14, 2012 at 11:36 am

    I think you missed the point here Adam: Why on earth should Mitt Romney receive Medicare benefits? Means-testing our entitlement programs would help to reduce the deficit and increase the percentage of government funds that go toward the truly needy.

  2. Adam Searing

    March 14, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Of course Mitt doesn’t need Medicare, but you could eliminate everyone from Medicare with an income of a million dollars a year and you wouldn’t save much money at all! That’s because when people talk about “means testing” the Medicare program they talk about it in the abstract (like you do here) – not naming the actual income level that would be necessary to save significant amounts of money. To really cut costs at all, Medicare means testing would have to start at about $40,000 in annual income. And that, my so-called “disinterested” friend, is firmly middle class, not Romney-wealth.

  3. Doug

    March 14, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    I guess you could say the same thing Adam about the crusade to raise taxes on the rich- sounds good but barely puts a dent in the deficit, and is simply a diversionary tactic to avoid cutting any spending. Actually, it will cost me more to go on Medicare than what I am currently paying for a high deductible HSA. The voucher system proposed for Medicare is obviously not planned for someone with a $40,000 income, and would yield significant savings.

  4. Adam Searing

    March 14, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    You mean of course, the Ryan Medicare “plan” that would give everyone over 65 a voucher to go out and get their best deal on the private insurance market. Yeah – the private market is working so well at containing costs now that’s just what we need to do. Put all the oldest and sickest people in the country at the mercy of the for-profit insurance companies too. Good idea!

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