Farmers markets
Article posted: 8/15/2012 5:00 AM

Letter on Medicare reflects scare tactics

text size: AAA

In response to Elke M. Trescott ("Know what will happen to Medicare," July 17), she erroneously stated that Medicare premiums will increase 100 percent by 2014 under the Affordable Care Act. This misinformation was disseminated in a mass email circulating since before the 2010 elections. It has no basis in fact. The AARP website explains that the official formula for determining Part B premiums was established by Congress decades ago. It is calculated on the level of Medicare health care costs in the previous year, and is predicated on the basis of the government paying 75 percent of Part B costs and beneficiaries paying 25 percent.

The Affordable Care Act does not affect this in any way. The law does, however, provide a vehicle that will reduce Medicare costs over time while maintaining the current level of benefits. If this is successful, Medicare premiums would either stay the same or go down.

Advertisement

Please, everyone, try not to react to political scare tactics before checking the facts.

Evelyn Lush

Hoffman Estates

Comments ()
We are now using Facebook comments to offer a more inclusive, social and constructive discussion. Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.

This article filed under

Latest Video

MostViewed

Today
Yesterday
Most Commented
Top Jobs

    View all Top Jobs Place a job ad

    MarketsReport

    DHExtras

       
    • Newspaper next section - Newspaper next section Report card checker - report card checker
    • Dh innovation award 2 - Dh innovation award 2 Zillow /real estate page
    • Discuss refer On Guard series
    • Newspaper archives -- Monday or anyday Mike North

    FacebookActivity

    BusinessDirectory

    Connect with a business or service in your area fast. First select a town, then enter a search term or choose one of the listed popular searches:

    Don't see your town listed? Visit our full directory to begin your search.