“I’m looking forward to being on Medicare starting in June,” Mainzer, 64, says of the government-run health insurance program for those 65 and older. “I’ll be out of this whole crazy mess. But my wife will still be on it for a while.”The AP: promoting socialism one story at a time.
Shadur, 62, hopes the health law’s early problems ease.
“As the years go on, as long as Republicans don’t take it away, it will settle into a smoother process,” she says.
They are both in good health, but Mainzer has a blood disorder, a pre-existing condition that led insurers to reject him before the Affordable Care Act took effect. He was able to get coverage only through Illinois’ high-risk pool, at about the same price he pays today.
Mainzer rejects the “repeal and replace” Republican solution in part because getting rid of the law would mean that insurance companies could go back to denying coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.
“Ultimately, it’s clear that health care is not something that can be efficiently provided by the private sector,” he says. “The rest of the Western world has figured out that health care is a right and is intrinsically a government, public-sector activity.”
Monday, August 22, 2016
The AP reports on a couple from wealthy Lake, Forest , Illinois:
Posted by Steve Bartin at 9:14 AM