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  • Medicare Costs For Breast Cancer Screenings Soar, But Benefits Remain Unclear

     Medicare Costs For Breast Cancer Screenings Soar, But Benefits Remain Unclear
    Medicare-funded breast cancer screenings jumped 44 percent from $666 million to $962 million from 2001 to 2009, yet those added costs did not improve early detection rates among the 65 and older Medicare population, according to a Yale School of...
  • Making seniors wait would add to medical costs for everyone

    Making seniors wait would add  to medical costs  for everyone
    Medicare taxes are too low to pay for an average senior's benefits. As a result of this and the aging of the population, the Medicare system has an unfunded liability in the trillions of dollars. Gradually raising the Medicare eligibility age to 67...
  • Program must change with longevity, demographics

    Program must change with longevity, demographics
    Medicare's age of eligibility — 65 years — is outdated. It is not even rooted in the 1960s, when Medicare was created, but in the 1930s, when Social Security was enacted and initially fixed the normal retirement age at 65. That's why a strong...
  • Don't let this article start a Medicare meme

    To the editor: David Lazarus' column on Medicare's supposed payment of $4,000 for a Salisbury steak served to a hospital patient is a nice example of the making of a journalistic myth, a bit like the accepted "fact" that the IRS targeted conservative...
  • Ambulance company sues federal investigators

    A Glendale-based ambulance company is claiming that its operators were targeted in a federal corruption investigation, during which the company was denied millions in Medicare funding because of their ethnicity and driven into bankruptcy, according to a...
  • Raise Medicare's eligibility age? Front Burner

    Raise Medicare's eligibility age? Front Burner
    Next to Social Security, there might be no more-popular federal program than Medicare. It provides health care to some 54 million Americans, including more than 3.5 million Floridians, who are 65 and over or have permanent disabilities. But Medicare...
  • Fraud, waste and absurd charges a drag on Medicare

    Fraud, waste and absurd charges a drag on Medicare
    Medicare has a zombie problem. An investigation by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that the federal insurance program paid nearly $300,000 to cover HIV drugs for about 160 people. However, all those people were dead when their...
  • The GOP sucked up to the middle class -- but will it deliver?

    Will Saletan at Slate puts his finger on a fascinating development in the 2014 election: A slew of Republican Senate and House candidates ran on Democratic themes. These included poverty relief, black unemployment, equal pay for women, dismal middle-class...
  • Six ways the GOP can jump-start Washington

    Six ways the GOP can jump-start Washington
    Unlike the dog that chased the car until, to his consternation, he caught it, Republicans know what to do with what they have caught. Having completed their capture of control of the legislative branch, they should start with the following six measures...
  • $119 for 30 trash bags? Sure smells like a scam

    Some phone scams sound believable. The calls to David Smullen of Bethlehem sounded like garbage from the start. He said he and his wife got three phone calls last month telling them they had ordered 30 trash bags over the phone in December 2011 and...
  • For Republicans, election victory won't end struggles

    In the battle for control of the Senate, Republicans have built their campaigns on a promise to block President Obama's policies and ease Washington's gridlock. But accomplishing that may prove tougher than winning next week's election. A GOP Congress...