As I watched our friends in the Carolinas and the Florida Panhandle battle Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael, the parallels between these storms and our national health care problem was overwhelming. The storms had to travel all the way across the Atlantic, hit the perfect spot, then slow down, dump rain, and create enormous havoc. The Perfect Storm.
I was listening to the news on the radio and heard a commercial from the AARP about proposed repeal and replace changes in the American Health Care Act that will allow health insurers to charge older Americans up to 5 times more than younger Americans for health insurance. The bill is referred to as the State Age Rating Flexibility Act of 2017. In the words of the AARP, this is an unfair age tax. I do not want to misrepresent the position of the AARP, an organization that helps millions[...]
I can still remember being little, losing a tooth and being amazed that a quarter (showing my age) found its' way under my pillow by the time I woke up. Of course, it is only something we believe for a few years before we realize mom or dad funded the quarter. Even reaching that realization and loss of innocence provides great value in that we learned that every benefit had to be funded somehow.