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Gilbert Cranberg: ‘My Medicare’

Republicans who endorsed the party’s plan to undo Medicare got an earful when they met with constituents during the recent congressional recess. If the lawmakers paid attention, they learned that Medicare isn’t just an impersonal government insurance program. When seniors talk about “my Medicare,” they express a sense of kinship based on warm feelings usually [...]

Gilbert Cranberg: AARP, the Really Big Insurance Company

Recently I attended a sales pitch for health insurance sold by United Health Care, the country’s largest private health insurer. I went to the session in response to an ad by AARP touting the meeting. The ad mentioned, in small type, that “UnitedHealthCare pays a royalty fee to AARP for use of the AARP intellectual [...]