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ResNullis: Actually, based on what I've read over the past several years, it would seem a virtual certainty that Medicare will go under within the near future unless at least 50% of the folks who receive it pay close to full price for the coverage. Virtually everyone in the Middle Class will have to pay almost the same as they would have paid for private insurance in order to keep Medicare solvent for those below. As for the so-called wealthy, they will have to pay full freight plus a premium to help offset the loses. Unless Medicare can find a way to ration health care, then there is little or no hope for the future. For anyone to talk of national health insurance without first figuring out how to make Medicare solvent is just plain fantasy.

First, we have to define "Full Price". Full price for a healthy 65 YO may be quite different from a diabteic 85 YO. Agree?

There are those who would pay the freight IF THEY COULD GET ANY INSURANCE AT ALL! But they can't. The insurance companies are not eleemosynary instituions, and they don't want to insure sick people.

But Medicare won't "go under". Hide and watch.

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