In one recent poll, 84 percent of Americans, including more than three-quarters of Republicans, supported adding dental, vision and hearing to Medicare.
Of course they do, why not? Who doesn’t want more?
Oh, the annual cost for dental coverage alone is estimated at about $50 billion a year. [remember, the Part A Medicare trust is running out of money]
The biggest opposition to Medicare dental is coming from dentists. That’s simply because they believe they will be reimbursed less, just like Medicare reimburses physicians less than private insurance, and, of course, direct pay patients. They’re right.
Medicare dental may well lead to higher dental fees for younger Americans and higher dental insurance premiums as well.