On the one hand, if Medicare kicked in at age 67 or higher, the government would save billions ("Raising Medicare age seen as a cost shift," Tuesday). At the same time, many companies, including the one for which I worked for 25 years, are laying off people every few months, many of whom are over the age of 50. Several of my friends have suffered this fate recently.
Companies are looking for younger and cheaper workers. And benefits like Social Security are likely to start later. In the case of Medicare, there are proposals to make it start 15 years later. Were it not for "Obamacare," which is coming on line in a few years, most of those people losing their jobs would not be qualified for private insurance or it would be exorbitantly expensive, or would come with a very high deductible that basically invalidates insurance.