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Raising Medicare Age Will Assure More Heart Attacks and Less Recovery

April 26, 2011

Raising the Medicare age to qualify for the program will assure more heart attacks and less recovery as Americans will not receive adequate care due to the financial cost involved. Why?

While most heart attack victims are middle-aged or older — the average age for a first attack is 66 for men and 70 for women. Raising the age to qualify for Medicare is unacceptable! Americans need to be able to vote on this issue at the very least, BUT for all intent and purposes, it is not even a political issue, it is a medical and moral issue. Raising the age to receive Medicare is out of the question. Period.

Read Paul Krugman’s NY Times article:

Jonathan Cohn rightly slams a little-noticed feature of the Republican plan — a rise in the Medicare eligibility age. Read Cohn’s article, click here

So just to sum up: Raising the age at which Americans become eligible for Medicare, or whatever program Republicans put in its place, would make health insurance more expensive for businesses, workers, and their employees, all while leaving one-fifth of future 65- and 66-year-olds with too little insurance or none at all. And oh, by the way, this is all part of a Republican budget that enacts huge tax breaks for the wealthy. You don’t have to be a senior citizen to get grumpy about that.

Krugman states:

In general, the fervor with which Washington types call for raising eligibility ages is a “tell”: it shows how disconnected they are from the way the other half lives (and dies). For in our increasingly polarized society, life expectancy is more and more a class-related issue. As the Social Security Administration has shown, the gap between life expectancy in the top and bottom halves of the wage distribution has risen sharply:

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