We already learned that many seniors live off a fixed income, and that this makes dealing with inflation difficult; as prices soar, they receive the same pay. Well, medicare prices may go up from $104 in the next calendar year. Medicare was started by the federal government and although it is up to the states to expand the coverage it does not cover all costs, doctors visits, prescriptions, even some surgeries have some out of pocket expense for these seniors.
At first glance it may be tempting to simply blame the government, their seniors--their problem. However is it really all the fault of the government? Per capita americans spend around $7,300 a year versus the United Kingdom which spends around $3,000 dollars per year per person. The UK is not a third world country, so we cannot blame low costs simply on quality, so could corporate greed be causing our insurance and our health care costs to rise? The government does not run hospitals just helps guarantee that people who qualify for medicare get some aid, can they be the only ones to blame.
Although I do think that seniors should receive the help from the government, my point is it is too simple to blame this problem completely on the incompetence of bureaucracy when it is not so simple. Thoughts about how the government could help? Could/should something be done about the corporate greed that is costing millions of americans thousands of dollars?
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