• The insurance gap between when one can collect SS and when one can qualify for Medicare really needed to be addressed during the healthcare debate. These people are the most vulnerable since it is almost impossible for them to get jobs with benefits at their age. Raising the eligibility is going in the wrong direction.

    I imagine insurers are lusting after the additional premium dollars this change would afford them, but most of those receiving SS won’t be in a financial position to pay those premium dollars. Bottom line, longer lines in the emergency room filled with people who have worked a lifetime and are now rewarded by a complete loss of dignity and forced to beg for that which should be a right. And would be in any civilized society.

    BTW, my brother’s name was Steve Patience (I married.) [ed. note: fixed, thank you.]