Keeping Medicare solvent

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I took this photo of David and Rylan in October 2014 in my home.


Straub Clinic called David yesterday to schedule an appointment for X-rays of his shoulder joint, where there is a huge lump, diagnosed as a ganglion cyst.  These X-rays will lead to an appointment for surgery to excise the cyst.  When fluid was extracted from the cyst last week, it was sent to the lab for analysis.  David wants to discuss the results of that analysis.  Hope it’s not cancer.

Also yesterday, I went to Straub Clinic to have my blood drawn.  I will see my personal care provider next week to discuss the results.  Hope my lipids, metabolic panel, A1C hemoglobin, and CBC are normal.

Lately, David has been worried about losing Medicare in eight years.  It’s been in the news, and he is especially concerned, because he has so many health issues.  As I mentioned previously, he will have his seventh surgery shortly.  Without Medicare, he would have to pay more for surgeries, lab tests, doctor visits, and medication.

But, that’s eight years from now.  Hopefully, the USA will figure out a way to keep Medicare solvent.

8 Responses to “Keeping Medicare solvent”

  1. David Says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more. We must keep Medicare solvent. The Republicans must realize that Medicare is not welfare. When I was working I paid $55,000 into Medicare. I thought that it would be there for me. If adjustments have to made to keep the program solvent, then they should be made. One adjustment is to raise the Medicare age to 70. Another is a slight increase in the medicare tax which is currently 1.45%. If it went up .5% would that create hardship on workers? I think not. The bottom line is that the Republicans only care about the rich. Look at their tax bill. The democrats have compassion for the masses. It the democrats can regain power then the problem with Medicare can be resolved.

  2. Christine Says:

    Hope David’s results are fine.

  3. DJan Says:

    I agree that we need to get Democrats back into power so we can save Medicare. I am old enough to realize it will be a necessity for me in my later years. So far, so good. Let’s hope we can save it. 🙂

  4. Tom Sightings Says:

    Good luck with David’s lump, and your blood work. We all owe our lives to Medicare, so hopefully we can reach a solution, and some kind of consensus/compromise, to save it not only for us but for our children as well..

  5. Joanne Noragon Says:

    How ironis, GWB placed Medicare.

  6. Linda Starr Says:

    we paid all our working days for medicare and now it isn’t solvent ? and folks are still paying into it, every single person that works has medicare fees taken out as well as ss; the gov’t robbed from it to use the money for other line items, give it all back with interest and it will be solvent, good luck with David’s surgery and your blood work

  7. Olga Says:

    Right now I feel pretty healthy, but I will be very nervous about any hint of the loss of medicare.

  8. dkzody Says:

    I’ve been fortunate to work for organizations that provided health care, at very low costs, if any at all. Now, Terry and I pay more each month for Medicare (it’s taken automatically out of our Social Security checks) than we have ever paid for any health insurance. I am aghast at how much is paid into medicare so it should be just fine as long as it’s managed correctly. There, though, is the rub.

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