When I reached 65 and Medicare kicked in I figured there was no need to worry about future doctor and hospital bills. Not to mention nearly half of US households won’t pay income taxes at all – which further proves my point that many of these people from the far-right wing base are simply uninformed or in most cases misinformed. For example, a policy holder of a plan might need to at least pay about $500 in a year, before the health insurer providers cover the expenses of the medical cure.\n\nProponents claim that it would drive down the cost of health care through using its buying power and regulatory muscle to buy health care services at lower rates, while at the same time forcing for-profit health insurers to lower their health insurance premiums to stay competitive.\n\nThis was essentially an option to add services, at a premium, through private health plans that would cover what Medicare did not. The fight has been carried out by Medicare service providers like doctors and hospitals, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Medicare patients as well as law enforcement agencies and consumer protection agencies.\n\nStudies show that a senior citizen covered by a private health insurance plan (e.g. Medicare Advantage) costs the government 14% more than one on regular Medicare. Individuals can register for a (quite costly) private medical insurance plan that covers drugs and dental or participate in the provincial “Trillium Drug Plan”.\n\nA Medicare Advantage health insurance plan is sold by private insurers as a supplement to standard Medicare. • Know your deductible, the amount you are responsible for before insurance begins paying for services. The government warns about the dangers of a fatter America because of all the health problems overweight people can have.