The American population is rapidly aging, and this has enormous implications for our health care system. Among other challenges, there are fewer workers contributing to Medicare and Medicaid, relative to the population using those programs. On this week’s edition of the Campbell Conversations, Grant Reeher talks with Geriatric specialist Dr. Sharon Brangman about the trends in aging, the special health care needs of the elderly, and the ways that our medical system does, and does not, respond to them.
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer will be one of the featured speakers Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. The senior senator from New York says the 2012 election offers voters a clear choice.
Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) is making Medicare a big issue in his race with Republican Matt Doheny.
Senior citizens vote at higher rates than the rest of the population. So they’ll be key to the eventual winner of the North Country’s 21st Congressional district. And issues important to seniors, like health care law and Medicare, will take front stage until November.
Owens’ campaign has been ratcheting up the debate with Doheny on Medicare.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate will impact New York’s competitive House races. But whether the effect will be good or bad depends on who you talk to.
If, like many Americans, you’re worried about the future of Medicare, you’ll want to listen closely to this conversation about the program and the contentious politics surrounding it. In a very information-rich interview, nationally recognized expert and University of North Carolina professor Jonathan Oberlander breaks down the elements of Medicare, the different proposals to change it, and explains why this huge—and popular—government program has become such a political lightning rod in recent years. He also prognosticates about different possible futures in terms of Medicare’s structure