Don’t care about ‘privatizing’ Medicare? You need to!


Medicare’s goal is to have all traditional Medicare recipients in managed care arrangements by 2030 (see Page 13).

That’s bureaucratic-speak for privatizing Medicare. The tens of millions of individuals on traditional Medicare will likely be shifted against their will to programs wherein industrial middlemen can profit by reducing the quantity of care they receive.

Do people realize what “privatizing” Medicare means? Medicare was designed to present senior residents direct access to medical care: no middlemen deciding whether you possibly can see a health care provider, which doctor you possibly can see, or which covered service the doctor can provide. That’s why Medicare is so popular, successful and efficient.

“Privatizing” Medicare means putting a “gatekeeper” between the patient and the doctor. This middleman decides whether you possibly can see a health care provider, which doctor you possibly can see, and which services the doctor can provide. 

The middleman gets a hard and fast sum of money to your care. If it spends lower than that, it gets to maintain a number of the unspent money. In essence, the less care the middleman approves for you, the extra money the middleman makes. 

There’s a reason that Wall Street and personal equity are rushing to get a chunk of this middleman motion. The piece they get is a chunk of care that you simply won’t get.

When you don’t care that your Medicare is being handed over to personal corporations and financial firms, in order that they find yourself profiting by making decisions about your care, it’s best to.

Consider me, it’s best to!

Lee Russ


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