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Medicare Stories

December 07, 2016

Dave Starkson

Dave Starkson, 67, lives in Glendale, Arizona, but is ready to downsize to another town nearby.

He is on Medicare, which is a major reason he is able to retire. Between his Medicare benefits and the lower utilities and mortgage payments he looks forward to in the future, his Social Security and pension benefits will enable him and his wife to live comfortably.

However, if Republicans were to privatize and cut Medicare, he knows his out-of-pocket health costs would quickly rise. He does not think he would be able to get the quarterly preventive check-ups he needs and is able to afford currently.

He would like to tell Paul Ryan to get off his high horse. He says that Ryan’s “better way” is not a better way at all!

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