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Opinion

October 23, 2013

Entitlement, yes, but it's not free

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And of course, there is the optional Prescription Drug Part D plan, available in varying coverages and costs to suit your needs, to add to your Medicare expenses.

Thus, Medicare insurance coverage for Parts A, B and C costs $8,886 per year for a non-contributor, costs $3,474 per year for a contributor, each of whom must add the cost of their own choice of Part D Prescription Drug Plan coverage.

Yes, one may argue the myriad of nuances and options and copays and deductibles, etc., but no matter what, they all cost, and they aren’t “free.” This should reasonably represent what those Medicare costs are!

Joseph E. “Joe” Kelleher

Amesbury

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