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We have been able to operate as we have for over 40 years since, up until now, since there are far more people paying into Medicare than there are collecting Medicare benefits. Thus, Medicare recipients have not “broken the bank,” despite the fact that they have received benefits far in excess of what they put into the system.

But that will change... very soon. Within the next decade, Medicare will flip. That is, more money will go out of the system each year than comes into it. So, what has been a “cash cow” for the Congress will turn into a greedy cash pig that will suck the life out of the federal budget. That is not hyperbole; it is reality.


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Eleanor Golightly absolutely loves Medicare! The sweet, 86 year-old, widowed grandmother thinks it is wonderful! She perks up and smiles every time someone mentions the word. Mrs. Golightly sees doctors all the time, and she never pays a thing! She gets her eyes checked three times a year, mostly because her eye doctor's office is next door to a lovely antique store. And she absolutely loves antiques. Eleanor gets her teeth cleaned six times a year. (She has this thing against flossing.)

Mrs. Golightly's neighbor, Helen Schmudly, loves Medicare, too. She saw those ads on TV that promised a personal scooter.... for free! ("The power chair will be paid in full." -- watch the ad, on the right.) Helen is not incapacitated. She is about 60 pounds overweight, and at age 72, she has some trouble getting around. Sure enough; Helen called and got her scooter. "And it didn't cost me a dime!"

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