PARROTT — Having just received another of those blatantly outlandish emails intended to spread lies, misinformation and instill fear, I feel obliged to share our personal experience regarding the country’s health care bill or, as some folks prefer, “Obamacare.”
I feel somewhat qualified, as in our many years we have experienced — and seen by our children experience — the failings and injustices of the past so prevalent in our country’s health care system.
There is not a particle of truth in the emails that continue to be circulated by folks persistently using the phrase “throwing seniors under the bus.”
I, personally, prefer seeking information from reliable printed sources and personal experience than from some loser still angry that their choice lost the last election.
This particular email shouts out, “MEDICARE MONTHLY INCREASE” and goes on to claim premiums will continue to increase to where, by 2014, they will amount to $247 a month!
Allow me to refer you to an article in the December 2011 edition of the A.A.R.P. Bulletin, page 4, where this threat is debunked, proclaiming, “Medicare Premiums Lower Than Expected.” The ensuing article clarifies and explains any and all Medicare premium issues.
We are already benefiting greatly from the passage of the health care bill, but opponents are reluctant to admit that it is, and will be, beneficial for all citizens. Last year, our monthly prescription co-pays amounted to just under $40 per month. In the coming year, not only will our prescriptions be delivered directly to our home, saving trips to town, but the co-pay for both of us will be less than $28 per quarter (that’s three months, folks).
The passage of “Obamacare” may stick in the craw of some people, but given half a chance, it is a long-awaited and welcome break for all citizens, not just seniors.
Allow me to include in my signoff the real reason for the email and my subsequent rebuttal.
“Remember this in November 2012, and vote accordingly.”