Under Part D, seniors are free to choose among a variety of benefits, costs and plans offered by private insurers. According to the Heartland Institute, Medicare trustees estimated a 2013 average monthly cost of $61 — the actual costs are half that.
In any event, lots of people are getting sticker shock as they learn how much their premiums will increase. And despite the president’s promises, many people will not get to keep their current coverage.
Just ask Rebecca.
Tom Purcell is an author and a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review humor columnist.