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July 31, 2014 at 8:11 AM

Social Security: Take as much as you can early on

DAVID MILLER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Corrected version

Writers like John F. Wasik get it all wrong because they never take into account the total amount accrued from Social Security ["Social Security at 62? Let’s run the numbers," Business/Technology, July 26].  For practical people like me, how much I get out of the system and the certainty of getting it is more important than a temporary comparison at a future point of time.

Let’s look at Wasik’s numbers. He says that if you take Social Security at 62, you may only get $1,000 a month, while at 70, that would be $1,320, a one-third increase in value.

But if you take Social Security at 62, over the next eight years, you would have

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May 7, 2014 at 6:02 AM

Boomers and millennials: New leadership needed in D.C. to solve entitlement problem

What guest columnist Paul Taylor talks about was predicted decades ago [“Ease the burden of aging baby boomers on millennials,” Opinion, May 3]. The chickens have come home to roost and the millennials understand this quite well. Where this column gets laughable is the proposition that our current crop of political leaders can “rediscover…

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August 30, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Continued funding for dialysis facilities

Working to protect patients I share Dr. Singh’s concern about the upcoming Medicare payment reductions to dialysis facilities. [“Northwest Voices: Funding for dialysis treatments,” Opinion, seattletimes.com, Aug. 26.] The policy was included as part of the January “fiscal cliff” package after Congress learned that the use of dialysis drugs had fallen sharply in the past five…

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Comments | More in Economy, Health care, Politics | Topics: Congress, dialysis, jim mcdermott

August 26, 2013 at 6:56 AM

Funding for dialysis treatments

Protect kidney-failure patients As a regional director for a major local dialysis provider, I contribute to the care of hundreds of kidney-failure patients daily. This is a complicated lifesaving treatment, which we deliver on a clinically effective and highly cost efficient basis. I am very concerned over a recent proposal by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services…

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Comments | More in Economy, Health care, Politics | Topics: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, dialysis, health care

August 10, 2013 at 7:06 AM

Hip-replacement costs are higher in the U.S.

Socialized medicine is a bad idea These people who complain about medical costs are probably the same people that vote for amnesty. [“Northwest Voices: Hip-replacement costs,” Opinion, Aug. 8.] When I lived in Yakima, a sign was posted in the lobby of the hospital. It said, if you were an undocumented Hispanic person, you didn’t need…

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Comments | More in Health care, Politics | Topics: Medicaid, medical costs, medical insurance

July 30, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Medicare turns 48

Support the Medicare Drug Savings Act Today, Medicare celebrates its 48th anniversary. I have been a recipient of Medicare for 10 years. Over the years, I’ve been able to see how much it helps me (and millions of people like me), as well as identify areas where it could and should be strengthened to become even stronger. One…

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May 4, 2013 at 7:02 AM

Should Medicare be able to negotiate prices of medication?

Pharmaceutical companies are corrupt, people reluctant to speak out The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 is the American blueprint for massive government corruption [“Give Medicare the power to negotiate drug prices,” Opinion, May 2]. It was written specifically by big pharma and pushed by congressman-turned-big-pharma-lobbyist Billy Tauzin. The bill immorally tied the hands…

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Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Billy Tauzin, health care, Medicare

March 1, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Work around sequester gimmick

Solutions for ‘unsustainable’ programs? The Seattle Times editorial said that we must consider cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security because the aging of the population has made these programs unsustainable [“Avoid sequester gimmick,” Opinion, Feb. 22]. My question is: And what? We just let them die? Let them starve and turn them away from our…

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February 26, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Reducing readmission could save Medicare billions a year

Community involvement and standardization can reduce readmission Thank you for highlighting Whatcom and Pierce counties’ important work to reduce readmissions [“Innovative steps keep patients out of hospital,” page one, Feb. 17]. Preventing avoidable readmissions is one focus of the Dr. Robert Bree Collaborative, a public-private consortium established in 2011 to improve quality and health outcomes…

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Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Hospital readmission, Medicare, Puget Sound Health Alliance