Medicare in know way resembles Obamacare. Medicare is not mandatory. Seniors can either use it or not. When a Senior retires he/she is presented with the option to either pay for medicare or not to pay for it. Many Seniors, those with money, choose not to do so. Under Bozocare no one has a choice. You MUST buy insurance. The US government has no authority to require us to buy anything.
My understanding is that Part A of Medicare is mandatory. No one who reaches the age of 65 can refuse it. By law you are required to sign up for it and have to give proof that you don’t need Part B. Please correct me if I am wrong, because if I am, I was lied to by a federal employee.
The government forces us to buy, or at least pay for, many things including Medicare, in some cases. I was on my husband's private insurance policy through his retiree plan. But when I was granted permanent disability, our insurance company said they would pay only as secondary and I had to pay whatever Medicare would have paid if I did not go on it. They forced me to go on Medicare, even when combined we were paying $800.00 a month for private coverage. If I really had a choice, I would have elected to stay on private insurance - which is ALWAYS better coverage. But I had to drop it (which now precludes me from EVER coming back) and go on Medicare rather than pay primary payer charges IN ADDITION to forking out over $400 a month to the private insurer. Granted, I could opt out of Medicare Part B but we are not wealthy and MUST have health insurance. When my husband turns 65, he also will be kicked out of private insurance and forced onto Medicare.
Bu tperhaps SocSec could be addressed, as it is a requirement to participate, just by virtue of you breathing.