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#1 Oct 31, 2012
My name is Sue Zawacki, and I;m a Lombard resident, and also host of AgingfInfoRadio which broadcasts each Saturday morning from 6-7 am on AM 560WIND. This week the show looked at the future of Medicare.
I began my show by reminding listeners about the distasteful TV spot which depicted granny being thrown off a cliff, trying to scare voters that Medicare would end if Obama isn’t reelected.
My opinion is that “Scaring seniors is not a responsible approach to addressing one of the most important government benefits that seniors need and deserve.
To address the topic of Medicare and viable options to the current system, my guest was Brink Thinker, Malcolm Out Loud, a national news and political commentator and the host of the WebTV channel www.MalcolmOutLoud.TV , home of his news magazine. He is also a published author, speaker and the talent behind a daily radio feature, the Out Loud Minute
“Politicians will use any tactic to try and get votes, and that includes the fear- inducing granny TV ad which tries to scare people about the Romney Ryan plan which calls for the privatization of Medicare. Let’s face it, government programs are too big and they lose money. The private sector can do things better than the government sector,” suggested Malcolm.
“Almost since Medicare was established in 1965, it was flawed. It was based on a life expectancy of about 55. Now that people are living longer, there is no way it can sustain itself. You have 80 million people in the 18-35 demographic, with many unable to find jobs. That means fewer people are paying into a system that will have to meet the needs of millions of aging baby boomers,” I added.
Malcolm agreed, noting that warning signs appeared as early as 1969 that Medicare would go broke. He is a strong advocate for the privatization of Medicare, which would reduce waste and add the funding it needs. He also noted the privatization option is just an option, and that seniors already 55 and older will not be impacted at all by any change in Medicare.
“What is really troubling is that at a time when Medicare needs every dollar, Obama has removed $716 billion from the system, which he claims will be replaced by money from insurance companies. But how much can we squeeze insurers, doctors and hospitals before they stop accepting Medicare because they aren’t getting paid what they need to survive? Access to care will be diminished and the quality of care will drop,” warned Malcolm.
Malcolm advocates for people to embrace change, even if it at first it sounds absurd. He notes that all great social and technological changes were at first met with skepticism. Medicare is one of the programs that needs change and people should embrace this change.
“Does anyone really know or understand the way Medicare works? Or does anyone even question the bill they get from the hospital? Once Americans know how much their healthcare really costs, they will understand why a new approach is required,” I concluded.
Aging Info Radio broadcasts each Saturday morning from 6-7 am on AM 560WIND. The coverage area for AM 560WIND is all of Chicagoland, southern Wisconsin, N.W. Indiana and S.W. Michigan with the potential to reach nearly half a million listeners and millions more by the way of www.560WIND.com where the show streams live. The show’s philosophy is that boomers and seniors are aging, but not growing older. For more information, visit www.aginginforadio.com .
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