This will be brief.
Last week, my mother-in-law broke her hip. She had to spend some time in the hospital and after three days, she would be moved to a skilled nursing facility for rehabilitation. When presenting the list of facilities, the case manager asked this question, “Does she have regular government Medicare?” The answer was, “Yes”. We were then informed that all the facilities accepted Medicare and that only a few accepted Medicare Advantage (private insurance) and even then, there needed to be a pre-approval by the insurer before the patient can enter the treatment facility.
Medicare Advantage was created for the benefit of the insurance companies. Sarah Palin was confused when she said that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would create death panels. These death panels have been in place since 1997 with the creation of Medicare Advantage.
If my mother-in-law wasn’t enrolled in the socialist program known as Medicare, she would not be getting the care that she needs to “get back on her feet” again.
Score 1 for socialism and 0 for privatization.