Medicare Crisis

1588 Words Apr 28th, 2012 7 Pages
Medicare is the United States' health insurance program for individuals age 65 or older. However certain people younger than age 65 can also qualify for Medicare, including those who are disabled, has permanent kidney failure or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known as Lou Gehrig’s disease). The program helps with the cost of health care, but it does not cover all medical expenses or the cost of most long-term care. Many Medicare participants must also have supplemental health care coverage in order to cover these charges that are not covered as part of the Medicare program. Is Medicare the perfect program? Well Medicare is financed by a percentage of the payroll taxes paid by workers and their employers. Also this program receives another …show more content…
The United States would be following the path of other countries that does not have any national health care program. This would work for some however there are many who simply do not have that extra money to save. With no Medicare in place, even though the United States would be better off financially, more seniors would be dying because of the lack of health care. After this was realized, this Medicare program was created. Even though it is flawed, it is the best program available for seniors and disabled individuals. The government shouldn’t have to be involved with providing this type of insurance, or welfare, to the elderly but without the government’s involvement there would be nothing available. Insurance programs with their selfish and strict rules would never willingly accept seniors or have created a program as amazing as the Medicare program. Even though the government is better off not getting involved in certain areas, they are much needed in the health care industry because they have a slight involvement with the improvement of life. Medicare would fail at this point without the government's involvement. Health care is very dependent on insurance now and Medicare provides this in those markets. Paul Krugman, from Seattle Times, reported that many Americans are still not aware of the government's role in health care and while many seniors do not want the government to get involved, it is too late because the government is keeping

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