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Medicare HSA: Why Taxpayers and Seniors Need Them (Guest: John Goodman)

March 3, 2022

People love their health savings accounts (HSA).

People love their health savings accounts (HSA). They reward people for not being wasteful and staying healthy. But why can’t seniors in Medicare have them? John Goodman, the president of the Goodman Institute and co-publisher of Health Care News talks about why it makes sense for Congress to support a Medicare Roth HSA, an account seniors can fund with after-tax money to help with out-of-pocket Medicare expenses, which can run into thousands of dollars.

In the discussion Goodman talks about:
1. What is meant when we hear that Medicare is insolvent
2. How Medicare is hardly free to enrollees
3. Traditional Medicare v. Medicaid advantage
4. Why can’t seniors have an HSA
5. Why would seniors need an HSA
6. Would an HSA be fair to people in a government program?
7. Would a Roth HSA help Medicare keep down costs
8. Do Republicans have a unified vision on health care
9. How big of an issue will health care be in the midterm elections
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AnneMarie Schieber is a research fellow at The Heartland Institute and managing editor of Health Care News, Heartland's monthly newspaper for health care reform. @HCPolicy