Dorian Hargrove 8 p.m., Dec. 11
Here we go again. Now my Medicare supplemental medical insurance is getting in on the act. Today, 12/23, I received notice of a monthly premium, starting and due 01/01/10. Calling Member Services was the first thing. I was advised that a letter had been sent (I think I would remember a letter about premium) and the premium information is in the SCAN coverage booklet that was sent out in October or November. I admit I put that aside for later reading. A premium change should be in bold red on the front of the booklet.
Regarding both SCAN insurance and COLA, I can imagine that Congress chooses to "sock it to" the seniors and disabled because we are easy to find. BUT, any amount of increase depletes my budget and finds me closer & closer to being destitute. Now many, many, low income people will have to make choices. Which drugs can be eliminated and still allow us to function? How do we cut back on use of electricity? Many really need a computer to communicate and hopefully get others to write to their Congressional representatives to let them know we are sick and tired of being the "go to" part of the population. We worked hard for the money and planned to enjoy the fruits of that labor. We worked many years, only to end up in a situation where Congress considers us to be their own guinea pigs. We are forced to take our 'medicine' without even a spoonful of sugar!
Congress has been busy with healthcare reform. Even that will include special interests and riders to placate those whose votes are needed to get this bill passed. Give and take is one thing, outright 'trading' of votes seems a far stretch from the goals of our Founding Fathers. Congress needs to be far more accountable to the people they allegedly represent. Many votes are in contradiction to the will of the people. WE THE PEOPLE need to make our voices heard. One of the first goals is to eliminate Lobbyists. They are a huge problem because many in Congress cannot resist the "goodies" (AKA bribes) in exchange for a certain vote on a certain bill.
Send e-mails voicing your opinion. Request reinstatement of COLA. You can find the e-mail addresses via your State's website.
I am closing this with a wish to each and every one: MERRY CHRISTMAS (or whatever you celebrate) and HAPPY NEW YEAR.