Letters to the editor, May 1
April 30, 2013 1:20PM
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Updated: June 2, 2013 6:03AM
Problems with Obamacare are coming to light now
In early April 2013, I helped a retired school teacher with a Medicare medical problem.
The problem exposed another “glitch” in the Medicare system.
The client bought a Medicare Part D policy prescription drug plan to follow the law. Unfortunately, the law was badly written when passed. The glitch in the Medicare law surprised even the Medicare representative with whom the client and I spoke when we phoned Medicare.
Our client had a kidney transplant while employed. The employer’s health insurance policy covered both the procedure and the follow up medicine very well. Then, the teacher retired and got Medicare.
If he had the transplant while on Medicare, Medicare would help cover the continuing medicines to prevent rejection of the new kidney. But, according to the Medicare representative, Medicare would not offer help with the continuing medicines since the transplant happened before the retired teacher went on Medicare.
At first, the essential medicines were refused for coverage under his Medicare Part D plan. But, the medicines were approved after an appeal. The cost would be $1,300 every three months. That’s too much for most retirees.
Our insurance agency searched the Internet for help for the client. If the president and Congress had been more careful with the wording of the law, the retired school teacher would not have this problem.
That is the criticism that I have made about the “Obamacare” law because Congress did not read or discuss the final version before the vote. Neither did Congress allow time for citizens to review and comment on it before the vote. Because it did not get the public scrutiny that it deserved, a lot of mistakes and problems were in that new law. The “devil” is in the details. You can bet on it.
Those who promote Peotone don’t seem to end up well
I’m not saying that the proposed Peotone airport is cursed, but … U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds bragged that he would build the airport. He went to the penitentiary.
Illinois Gov. George Ryan initiated land purchases for the unapproved project. He went to the penitentiary.
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich ordered the demolition of houses at the airport site. He went to the penitentiary.
U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. developed a personal obsession with building the airport. He’s seemed to be on his way to the penitentiary.
Will Jackson’s replacement, U.S. Rep Robin Kelly, take the bait?
George Ochsenfeld, President of STAND (Shut This Nightmare Down)