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Medicare / Means Testing #739916

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Oct 16, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(New York: Chip Reid) The consideration in Congress of a Medicare reform plan in which wealthier seniors would pay more for medical services, a concept called means testing, featured; proposals for premium limits outlined; details given of the 1989 revolt by seniors outraged by an income test. [Senior Herb LAWNER‡- says it would be penalizing people who have been principal contributors to the system.] [Senator John BREAUX†- says fairness dictates we should consider this.] [Senator Edward KENNEDY – comments.] [Medicare analyst Robert GREENSTEIN††- says it is reasonable to ask higher income people to pay a higher premium.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) An increase in Social Security benefits for retirees and a jump in Medicare premiums reported.

Brokaw, Tom;
Reid, Chip

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