Conservative Group Wants Medicare Unlinked From Social Security

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF), a conservative organization based in St. Paul, MN, is urging President Donald Trump to allow senior citizens to voluntarily opt out of Medicare -- without losing their Social Security benefits.  In a letter sent to the White House, CCHF and 37 other conservative organizations railed against the current practice of the Social Security Administration (SSA) which prohibits individuals from receiving their Social Security benefits unless they enroll in Medicare Part A (hospitalization). “This is neither a law nor a rule,” contends CCHF President and Co-founder Twila Brase, “but rather a series of executive instructions added by previous administrations to the SSA Program Operations Manual System (POMS) --essentially a handbook for SSA employees. These instructions limit the options of senior citizens, leaving most of them stuck in Medicare, which is a voluntary entitlement program, even if they want to keep private coverage or keep private [...]

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