THE QUESTION

How Will the Proposed Overhaul Impact Seniors?

It seems that much of the focus in health-care reform is on younger, uninsured Americans. How will the proposed overhaul impact senior citizens?

Posted by Ceci Connolly on August 12, 2009 8:19 AM
FROM THE PANEL

Cutting Through the Hoopla

If vital services are being twisted into sinister-sounding practices for political purposes, who wouldn't be concerned? But for many seniors, these services may be a great comfort and support mechanism.

Posted by Doug Ulman, on August 15, 2009 6:08 PM

The Good Daughter Syndrome

I am a family physician with substantial experience in geriatric medical practice; I have always tried to be an advocate for my elderly patients. I wish to focus my comments on the issue that seems to have hijacked the reform debate from the senior perspective: advanced directives and end-of-life care.

Posted by Raymond J. Zastrow, on August 14, 2009 6:21 PM

Health Reform Means Help for Older Americans

Nothing -- not the government, not an insurance company -- will get between people and their doctors.

Posted by Nancy LeaMond, on August 14, 2009 3:34 PM

The Effect of Health-Cost Reform

Seniors are relatively pleased with Medicare, although more and more physicians are limiting the number of Medicare patients they are taking because of the drop in reimbursement. This drop will be exacerbated if the current bills make it to legislation.

Posted by Colleen Conway-Welch, on August 14, 2009 11:25 AM

Making Medicare More Secure, Not Less

It astonishes me that current and future Medicare beneficiaries are raising concerns about future legislation: in the absence of reform, these programs will fail!

Posted by Howard Forman, on August 13, 2009 11:12 AM

Seniors Need Not Fear

Many of the things that are being said are designed to frighten America's seniors, a potent voting bloc.

Posted by Howard Dean, on August 13, 2009 8:51 AM

The Good, the Bad and Now, the Ugly

Senior citizens, already suspicious of the health-care reform agenda and the administration, now assume that they will be losers. Their grassroots fury has been obvious in town hall meeting confrontations with members of Congress.

Posted by Mark Kelley, on August 12, 2009 6:57 PM

It's Complicated

When people such as Sarah Palin warn Americans that they will stand before a "death panel" to determine if they will get treatment, things are getting a little ridiculous. This is America, this is a democracy, we don't euthanize seniors here.

Posted by Kathy-Ellen Kups, on August 12, 2009 6:27 PM

What's the Expiration Date on Your Life?

There is a purported $500 billion to be cut from health care for seniors, accounting for half the cost of this overhaul. What has happened to the respect we were taught to have for our elderly?

Posted by Sue Falkner Wood, on August 12, 2009 9:40 AM

Reform: Good For All Ages

With health-care reform now, everyone can get insurance and there will be fewer (young and older young) uninsured Americans. There is nothing un-American about that.

Posted by Willarda Edwards, on August 12, 2009 9:28 AM

Survival of the Fittest

Frankly, what is surfacing is a survival of the fittest mentality. One demographic, being pitted against another, risks any true reform of the system and compromises the pursuit of good health for all.

Posted by Chris T. Pernell, on August 11, 2009 4:30 PM

The Elderly in Hispanic Communities

Health reform will greatly benefit Hispanics with new Medicare and Medicaid enrollment programs with outreach and language services with community health workers.

Posted by Elena Rios, on August 11, 2009 3:44 PM

Modification Vs. Reform

We're all going to lose unless we shift our conversation from health care modification to wholesale change. We've been modifying for years, and it's gotten us a broken, economically bankrupt system.

Posted by Peter Neupert, on August 11, 2009 11:48 AM

Digitize Health Data to Address Medicare Waste, Fraud

Three areas of waste in Medicare can be addressed through electronic information.

Posted by Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, on August 11, 2009 10:55 AM

Seniors Benefit from a Reformed System

Same physician, better service, improved care coordination, enhanced safety and quality, and lower prescription drug costs. Seniors will benefit.

Posted by Georges Benjamin, on August 11, 2009 5:23 AM

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ripvanwinkleincollege: Most of today's seniors are not of the "greatest generation"; they have mostly died now. Today's seniors are the post-Depression, post-Worl...

MPatalinjug: Time and time again, President Barack Obama has made it more than abundantly clear that Americans who decide to keep the health insurance th...

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