“We have to pass the bill to see what’s in it.” –Nancy Pelosi, 2010 On Obamacare.
Infamous words spoken by then Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the about-to-be-passed-Obamacare travesty. And for those who have forgotten (I doubt not many) here she is:
The last couple of days found me flumoxxed by a letter I received from Social Security. The boyfriend got the same letter. I’m two months new to Medicare and opted for the three parts: hospital which is A, doctor which is B, and part D which is drugs but I opted for this coverage NOT through Medicare; but a third party Medicare-approved insurer. So did he.
I was pretty much expecting what half of the letter said, but not the second half. The basic premium for Medicare part B is set, except for those whose income passes a set threshold; then the premium goes up by a tier system. My income was a tad more than the first threshold last year (thank you very much, President Trump) so Medicare was increasing my premium for part B. The same for the boyfriend.
But the second half of the letter was troubling and confusing: both of us were also getting our Medicare Part D premium increased as well, the drug portion, even though we both were paying a third party insurance company for the coverage. No premium at all to Medicare.
I looked on Medicare.gov for an explanation. Gobblety gook. So I called the insurance company who carries my drug coverage and got an unexpected explanation. Listen to Pelosi one more time.
Everyone on Medicare who has drug coverage, whether it’s through Medicare themselves or a third party, MUST PAY an increased premium if their income is over the threshold. This holds true for those on a pension plan whose premium is set, those on Medicare Advantage which is a bundled program, those who pay piece meal like myself and those who buy the coverage from Medicare directly.
In case I’m confusing you, this is what this is in a nutshell: I and thousands of others are paying Medicare for a service and product they aren’t providing.
This is akin to the city I live in sending me a bill for a service they do not provide because my income is more than my neighbor’s.
Pelosi, Reid, their ilk and the Community Organizer in Chief slipped this little tidbit into the UnAffordable Care Act. Socialism at its finest. I wonder how many take the time to question this, probably not a lot. I don’t mind paying a tad more for a service I’m receiving, but NOT for one I’m NOT receiving.
As someone on twitter pontificated a few days ago, Pelosi in the featured picture does look like she should be holding a clove of garlic.