This is the convoluted privatized system we have created in the name of encouraging "choice" in health plans for our oldest citizens....
Recognize the word "choice"? The exact argument used by the charter school industry to attack pub ed and in general use by all levels of privatizers going back to airline industry and big telecom re-regulation which always end up with higher consumer prices.
We must ask why Mulgrew would want to institute a MedAdv plan when private insurance must make a profit, pay high salaries, engage in those Joe Namath ads, and have high overhead admin costs.
Nice summary of how MedAdv make money on the backs of traditional Medicare and the patients.
Medicare Dis-Advantage: Shortchanging the Patients While Enriching the InsurerThere should be no out-of-pocket barriers to care when it is needed. The existence of these costs is why so many Medicare recipients opt for a private Medicare Advantage plan. However, this, and all such efforts to privatize the public Medicare program, harm patients and steal from the public purse. Medicare Advantage must be ended, and any new privatization efforts, like ACO REACH, must be opposed.LEONARD RODBERG