Medicare Photos on Townhall

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    Posted: 2/17/2012 3:00:59 PM EST
    In this photo taken, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, joined by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Barrasso is a member of the House-Senate conference committee working on the extension of the payroll tax break that is also considering the Medicare physician reimbursement rate and an extension of unemployment benefits. . (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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    Posted: 2/15/2012 2:20:48 PM EST
    A patient holds his old prosthetic foot he got in 1995 at the Orthotic Prosthetic Center in Fairfax, Va., Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012. Medicare?s bill for artificial feet rose nearly 60 percent in recent years, although foot and leg amputations due to diabetes continued a dramatic decline. Medicare paid $94 million for artificial feet in 2010, according to research conducted for The Associated Press. That was nearly $35 million more than in 2005, even though in 2010, Medicare covered about 1,900 fewer such prostheses.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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    Posted: 2/15/2012 2:20:48 PM EST
    From right, the microprocessor controlled ankle/foot prosthetic, shock foot vertical loading pylon prosthetic and the flexible keel foot prosthetic, are seen at Orthotic Prosthetic Center, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, in Fairfax, Va. Medicare?s bill for artificial feet rose nearly 60 percent in recent years, although foot and leg amputations due to diabetes continued a dramatic decline. Medicare paid $94 million for artificial feet in 2010, according to research conducted for The Associated Press. That was nearly $35 million more than in 2005, even though in 2010, Medicare covered about 1,900 fewer such prostheses. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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    Posted: 2/15/2012 2:20:48 PM EST
    Graphic shows growth in average Medicare expenses for prosthetic feet and examples
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    Posted: 2/15/2012 2:20:48 PM EST
    From left, the microprocessor controlled ankle/foot prosthetic, shock foot vertical loading pylon prosthetic and the flexible keel foot prosthetic, are seen at Orthotic Prosthetic Center, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, in Fairfax, Va. Medicare?s bill for artificial feet rose nearly 60 percent in recent years, although foot and leg amputations due to diabetes continued a dramatic decline. Medicare paid $94 million for artificial feet in 2010, according to research conducted for The Associated Press. That was nearly $35 million more than in 2005, even though in 2010, Medicare covered about 1,900 fewer such prostheses. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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    Posted: 2/10/2012 9:20:46 PM EST
    FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2011 photo, Gary Winner, from Northbrook, Ill., exits federal court in Providence, R.I., after his arraignment on health care fraud charges. Winner plead guilty to charges he shipped unwanted "erectile pumps" to diabetes patients as part of a Medicare fraud scheme, and is scheduled to be sentenced Friday, Feb. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Stew Milne, File)
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    Posted: 1/23/2012 7:40:46 AM EST
    In this photo taken Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, Dan and Vicki McCuistion, of Driftwood, Texas, pose for a photo together in Austin, Texas. The McCuistions have been uninsured throughout their 17 years of marriage. An analysis by The Associated Press shows that states, which were supposed to be partners in carrying out President Barack Obama's health overhaul, the biggest health safety net expansion since Medicare and Medicaid, are moving in fits and starts. ?It?s not that we want something for free, but we want something we can afford,? said Vicki, who works two part-time jobs. With the nation?s highest uninsured rate, her state, Texas, has made little progress. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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    Posted: 1/23/2012 7:40:46 AM EST
    In this photo taken Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, Dan and Vicki McCuistion, of Driftwood, Texas, pose for a photo together in Austin, Texas. The McCuistions have been uninsured throughout their 17 years of marriage. An analysis by The Associated Press shows that states, which were supposed to be partners in carrying out President Barack Obama's health overhaul, the biggest health safety net expansion since Medicare and Medicaid, are moving in fits and starts. ?It?s not that we want something for free, but we want something we can afford,? said Vicki, who works two part-time jobs. With the nation?s highest uninsured rate, her state, Texas, has made little progress. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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    Posted: 1/3/2012 5:05:47 PM EST
    FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2011 file photo, House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Baby boomers take note: Medicare as your parents have known it is headed for big changes no matter who wins the White House in 2012. You may not like it, but you might have to accept it. Dial down the partisan rhetoric and surprising similarities emerge from competing policy prescriptions by President Barack Obama and leading Republicans such as Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
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    Posted: 1/3/2012 5:05:47 PM EST
    FILE - In this Dec. 23, 2011 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at the White House in Washington. Baby boomers take note: Medicare as your parents have known it is headed for big changes no matter who wins the White House in 2012. You may not like it, but you might have to accept it. Dial down the partisan rhetoric and surprising similarities emerge from competing policy prescriptions by President Barack Obama and leading Republicans such as Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
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    Posted: 12/6/2011 12:40:46 AM EST
    FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2005, file photo, Marilyn Tavenner is seen at a news conference in Richmond, Va. Picking a specialist for a risky medical procedure could soon get easier. The government announces that Medicare will finally allow its extensive claims database to be used by employers, consumer groups and insurance companies to produce reports on local doctors and hospitals. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
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    Posted: 11/29/2011 6:50:46 PM EST
    FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2005, file photo, Marilyn Tavenner is seen at a news conference where she was named Secretary of Health and Human Resources by then Virginia Gov.-elect Tim Kaine at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. President Barack Obama's Medicare nominee Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, got unexpected support from one of Congress' Republican stars. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told The Associated Press that Tavenner is ?eminently qualified? to run Medicare. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
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    Posted: 11/28/2011 5:46:05 PM EST
    FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2009 file photo, primary care physician Dr. Don Klitgaard talks to a patient on the phone at the Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan, Iowa. Unless Congress acts before Jan. 1 doctors will again face steep Medicare cuts that threaten to undermine health care for millions of seniors and disabled people. It's become a symbol of sorts for the federal government's budget dysfunction. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
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    Posted: 11/28/2011 5:46:05 PM EST
    FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2009 file photo, primary care physician Dr. Don Klitgaard is seen at the Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan, Iowa. Unless Congress acts before Jan. 1 doctors will again face steep Medicare cuts that threaten to undermine health care for millions of seniors and disabled people. It's become a symbol of sorts for the federal government's budget dysfunction. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
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    Posted: 11/28/2011 5:46:05 PM EST
    FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2009 file photo, primary care physician Dr. Don Klitgaard greets Muriel Bacon as her husband weighs in with a nurse, at the Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan, Iowa. Unless Congress acts before Jan. 1 doctors will again face steep Medicare cuts that threaten to undermine health care for millions of seniors and disabled people. It's become a symbol of sorts for the federal government's budget dysfunction. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
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    Posted: 11/28/2011 12:11:47 PM EST
    Chart shows comparison of Medicare drug benefit for 2010 and
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    Posted: 11/28/2011 12:11:47 PM EST
    FILE - In this June 8, 2010 file photo, President Barack Obama listens as Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks during a town hall meeting on the Affordable Care Act, at the Holiday Park Multipurpose Senior Center in Wheaton, Md. Medicare's prescription coverage gap is getting noticeably smaller and easier to manage this year for millions of older and disabled people with high drug costs. The "doughnut hole"will shrink about 40 percent for those unlucky enough to land in it, according to new Medicare figures provided in response to a request from The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
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    Posted: 11/26/2011 8:40:46 AM EST
    FILE - In this April 12, 2011 file photo, Medicare Administrator Dr. Donald Berwick answers questions during an interview at the Associated Press in Washington. Berwick, the point man for carrying out President Barack Obama's health care law will be stepping down after Republicans succeeded in blocking his confirmation by the Senate, an official said Wednesday. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)
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    Posted: 11/20/2011 8:45:47 PM EST
    In a Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 photo, Nola Ochs, center, of Jetmore, Kansas, celebrates her 100th birthday with friends, family, and cake during halftime of the FHSU men's basketball game at Gross Memorial Coliseum in Hays, Kansas. Ochs officially turns 100 on Nov. 22. People who are 90 or older have nearly tripled in number since 1980, to 1.9 million, according to Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 first-ever census numbers on the age group. The trend is posing unique health challenges and adding to rising government costs for the strained Medicare and Social Security programs. (AP Photo/The Hays Daily News, Raymond Hillegas) MANDATORY CREDIT
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    Posted: 11/8/2011 1:03:00 PM EST
    FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2011 file photo, Attorney General Eric Holder listens to a question about Medicare fraud enforcement at the Justice Department in Washington. Holder says an investigation of arms traffickers called Operation Fast and Furious was flawed in concept as well as in execution and never should have occurred. Facing tough questioning by Senate Republicans about the operation, He says he wants to know why and how firearms that should have been under surveillance could wind up in the hands of Mexican drug cartels. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)