Expanding Medicare coverage to vision, hearing and dental would make all the difference in the world to those of us who are elderly. Current out-of-pocket costs are simply not sustainable for the majority of us who have limited retirement savings and depend on Social Security or nothing at all.
Democratic Party leaders are at least giving lip service to a Medicare expansion plan and Bernie, who has been pushing for it all along, has given his approval to the leadership proposal.
The right-wing has gone bonkers.
Says the National Review:
“Though Medicare is in dire need of reform, Democrats say they want to add dental, vision, and hearing benefits to the program. This is such an incredibly irresponsible idea that even Canada, often touted as a generous socialist system, does not include vision and dental care in its universal care program. The idea that there is an urgent need to make our Medicare system more expansive than our socialist neighbor’s is absurd on its face, but it is an even worse idea when considering fiscal reality.”
Hey. If by socialist Canada they mean Canada has a fairly rational national healthcare system, bring it on.
Nobody seems to be fleeing Canada for lack of a doctor’s appointment.
I have family and friends in this country who must wait months to see a doctor for anything less than an immediate life-threatening emergency. And then be billed an arm and a leg, no pun intended.
For those in the younger age group who may not be aware, Medicare is not free and is a very limited system in what it covers. Nearly everything short of catastrophic health care requires additional private paid-for coverage as do prescription drugs.
And dental, vision and hearing requires even additional coverage.
To be adequately covered costs thousands of dollars a year to a demographic group that cannot afford it. The average teacher pension in Illinois is $50 thousand dollars a year.
The folks at National Review argue that Medicare expansion is a step towards national healthcare like Canada.
I hope so.
With dental and vision.