Commentary: Medicare is part of insurance nightmare

This editorial appeared in The Anchorage Daily News.

Wasilla resident Jack Miller's experience with Medicare illustrates how America tosses its disabled and elderly citizens into an underpowered and complicated health insurance program.

Miller, 58, is disabled. He has had three pulmonary embolisms – a condition in which the artery to the lungs is blocked.

After 22 years in the Army and more than 10 years with the FAA, he was well covered with two different kinds of insurance – Tricare, which he earned from Army service, and Blue Cross Blue Shield, which he paid to continue after leaving the FAA.

He was well covered until the first of November, when going onto disability status forced him onto Medicare.

Suddenly, he's worried about how long his doctors will continue to see him.

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