'If I'd Had To Wait Until 67 For Medicare, I'd Be Dead'

Writing for Kaiser Health News, Russ Mitchell reports: "Sam Lewis turned 65 in the nick of time. For a year, he'd been broke. His Brentwood, Calif., general contracting business had gone bust. He couldn't make payments on his home, and lost it. He couldn't make payments on his health insurance, so he let it lapse. The day after his birthday in October, when he qualified for Medicare, Lewis got a checkup. Days later, he went under the knife: open-heart surgery, a triple-bypass, three arteries blocked with plaque, one of them, 99 percent. 'If I'd had to wait until 67 for Medicare,' Lewis said, 'I'd be dead'" (Mitchell, 12/18). Read the story.

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