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Today, Medicare covers 44.1 million beneficiaries with an overhead of approximately 2 percent. Medicare's low administrative overhead and efficiencies of service have helped Medicare's costs grow at a slower rate for the past five years than private health insurance for the same benefits, despite seniors' higher need for services. While Medicare may not be perfect and every year the government makes some changes, it has been a godsend for millions of seniors. It provides basic, affordable, universal health care to a population abandoned by private industry decades ago.

The purpose of this website is to gather support to save Medicare as we know it. With the recent controversy over balancing the budget on Capitol Hill, Medicare has faced a litany of challenges. Legislation proposing major changes have been presented and politicians are debating the future of the program responsible for the medical well-being of our seniors. The outcome is not certain, but your support can help. Please click the "Become a Member" button at the top of our site if you haven't already. We will make sure your voice is heard. If you are already a member, check back often as we will keep you up to date on the latest news on this issue.

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10-25-2011 7:57:50 PM

The bad economy has shortened the life of the trust funds that support Social Security and Medicare, the nation's two biggest benefit programs, the government reported Friday.

The annual checkup said that the Medicare hospital insurance fund will now be exhausted in 2024, five years earlier than last year's estimate. The new report says that the Social Security trust fund will be exhausted in 2036, one year earlier than before.

The trustees for the funds said in ...

8-24-2011 1:18:36 PM

WASHINGTON — Budget negotiators have not found a way to avert a government default on federal debt obligations, but with their ideas to cut Medicare and Medicaid they have managed to provoke opposition from almost every major group that represents beneficiaries and health care providers.

The latest provocation was a list of proposed savings presented at the White House this week by the House majority leader, Representative Eric Cantor, Republican of Virginia.

Mr. Cantor said Tuesday ...

8-19-2011 5:16:54 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Growth in hospital revenue from Medicare patients was roughly one-third the rate seen from patients on private health insurance during the past year, according to data from Standard & Poor's.

Medicare revenue rose 2.5 percent per patient in the year before June, the slowest rate since S&P started keeping track in January 2005, the S&P Healthcare Economic Index showed on Thursday. Revenue for patients on commercial insurance rose 7.48 percent in the year ending ...

8-15-2011 8:06:52 PM
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that the Ryan Medicare proposal will lead to early deaths among seniors.

During testimony before the House Education and the Workforce Committee, she said seniors with expensive illnesses — such as cancer — would “run out of money very quickly.”

She continued, “If you run out of the government voucher and then you run out of your own money, you’re left to scrape together charity care, go without care, die sooner. ...

8-14-2011 4:31:55 PM

The federal government’s prescription drug plan for the elderly, known as Medicare Part D, has been heralded as a success when it comes to reducing out-of-pocket expenses for many patients and encouraging them to use and continue taking essential medicines.

But since its implementation in January 2006, it has also been criticized as too costly. President Obama even singled out the plan as contributing to the nation’s debt crisis in his speech to the ...

8-14-2011 2:46:49 PM

At the time of writing, President Obama’s hoped-for “Grand Bargain” with Republicans is apparently dead. And I say good riddance. I’m no more eager than other rational people (a category that fails to include many Congressional Republicans) to see what happens if the debt limit isn’t raised. But what the president was offering to the G.O.P., especially on Medicare, was a very bad deal for America.

 

Specifically, according to many ...

8-14-2011 2:42:18 PM

WASHINGTON — The boasts of Congressional Republicans about their cost-cutting victories are ringing hollow to some well-known economists, financial analysts and corporate leaders, including some Republicans, who are expressing increasing alarm over Washington’s new austerity and antitax orthodoxy.

Their critiques have grown sharper since last week, when President Obama signed his deficit reduction deal with Republicans and, a few days later, when Standard & Poor’s downgraded the credit rating of the United States.

But even ...

7-27-2011 3:54:52 PM

As lawmakers consider including Medicare cuts in a deal to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, a new public poll round-up from the New England Journal of Medicine shows that most Americans “think it is possible for the federal government to balance the budget without cutting Medicare spending.”

In fact, “when people are given a list of options for reducing the deficit and asked whether they favor or oppose each item, cutting Medicare spending is ...

6-17-2011 6:14:22 PM

WASHINGTON — A quiet revolution is transforming how medical care is delivered in this country, and it has very little to do with the sweeping health care legislation that President Obama just signed into law.

But it could have a big impact on that law’s chances for success.

Traditionally, American medicine has been largely a cottage industry. Most doctors cared for patients in small, privately owned clinics — sometimes in rooms adjoining their home.

But an ...