Tricare is great. Pays for just about everything. But wait, I turned 65 in April 2012, and in October 2011 I was notified that I HAD TO SIGN UP for Medicare. I said, “I don’t want to. I have Tricare.” After all, it’s all coming out of the same Treasury, isn’t it? No, I had to sign up for Medicare Parts A and B. So, I thought, OK, I’ll jump through one more hoop just to satisfy our government’s requirement. No problem, right? After all, I’ve been paying most of my life into the fund for Medicare anyway, so I deserve the benefits.
Not so fast. In February 2012 I received an invoice for Medicare coverage from 4/1/12 to 6/30/13 for $299.70 ($99.90 per month). What the? Tricare wasn’t costing me anything, and now I have to PAY for Medicare? This sucks! But, wait, there’s more. In March I received a letter stating that my monthly premium would be $319.70 beginning April 2012. Next I received a letter stating that if I made too much money, there would be additional charges. The maximum is $219.80 for Part B and $66.40 for prescription drug coverage. Yesterday I received a bill for Medicare coverage 7/1/12 through 9/30/12 for $1,618.50 ($539.50 per month)!!!
I went online to see if I could withdraw from Medicare. Nope, Bill Clinton signed alaw that forbids it. I sent an e-mail to a man that wrote an article, “Medicare Is Mandatory,” and asked him if there is anything I can do. He replied, “Sorry to hear about this. My only advice is to do whatever you can to turn back socialism before it gets even worse.” (He doesn’t know I DID run for federal office, twice.)
My wife will be taking last year’s income tax return to the Social Security office to see about getting this “adjusted.” I can’t take time off work to do it myself, and I work six days a week. What do you think? Should I quit, shut down and put five other people out of work? I’d love to, just so that I could minimize the tax stolen from me by my government (yes, stolen at the point of a gun). In the past ten years I’ve paid well over a million dollars in tax to our thrifty government. Who would better spend that money, me or Washington?