Another Year, Another Headache in Healthcare

As 2015 comes to an end, I have many issues on my mind. As always I am focused on my family, my constituents and the work that needs to be done in Congress to ensure all our loved ones have the health care they deserve. As a doctor and a lawmaker I wear two significant hats, but this December I join another important community — senior citizens.

There are many changes that come with this next birthday, and I am finding that one of the most complex and exasperating is transferring from mandated Obamacare over to Medicare. Medicare has a long tradition of supporting aging adults with crucial financial support, but like all other aspects of our health care system, the Affordable Care Act has made things difficult.

I did not take the special deal the administration afforded to Members of Congress — and I signed up for Obamacare (unsubsidized) just like everyone else in Texas. It is ironic, though, that the switch over to Medicare is not a simple transaction; after all the federal exchange is administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. But if there is one thing I have learned in the last several years it is that nothing under Obamacare is free of red tape and frustration.