Consumer Confidential: Imagining Seniors in a World Without Medicare

It’s pretty well known that Americans pay more for health insurance and medical treatment than people in other developed countries — at least until they turn 65 and are eligible for Medicare. But what would things look like if the government-run insurance plan wasn’t an option? Kaiser Permanente provided a glimpse of such a prospect when it notified Los Angeles resident Layne Smith recently that his monthly insurance premium would...

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