Enough, Already, with the Medicare Ads

Ok, let’s see by a show of hands, who is sick of hearing about Medicare Supplements! They dominate my life. December 7th can’t come soon enough.

In my mail!

In my phone!

In my television!

In my head!

Med Sups are everywhere!

On my table.

On my couch.

On my chair.

On my bed.

Med Sups are everywhere!

In my car.

In a plane.

In a train.

On a bus.

Med Supps are everywhere. 

Dr. Seuss is rolling over in his grave right now. At least he doesn’t have to deal with open enrollment.

The average modern person is exposed to over 5,000 ad images a day.  Right now, 4,901 of them are for Medicare supplicants.  The other 99 are looking for political contributions.

Look, I get it.  But please, back off insurance companies.  I know I have until December 7th to make any changes.  I’ve made up my mind already.

My head is ready to explode.  The thing is, the products are government regulated.  There is not one bit of product differential within a state.  Oh, the plans vary by state, but within a state, Plan D is Plan D.  There is a difference between the plans, though, but they are an alphabet soup of confusion.  Sometimes, I think the confusion is intentional.

What do I have now?

What changes have been made?

How much is my copay going to be?

What’s covered?

What’s not covered

Are the guys on TV better than the guys on the corner in my neighborhood?

It makes my head swim.  Who dreams up this stuff?

I don’t know about you but I’m looking forward eagerly to December 7th.  Halleluiah. My mail will be empty.  The only messages on my phone will be from the car warranty folks.  What will the tv channels do with all their ad time?  Oh, wait!  We are in the middle of the Black Friday frenzy.

I do have a suggestion, though.  Find a good, local, independent agent you can trust.  Ask him or her a lot of questions.  Don’t be distracted by the ads.

Here are some of Senior Citizen Today’s earlier posts on Medicare:


At least that’s the way I see it! Until next time...

Richard Elliott
The Senior Observer

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