With a court ruling back in 2011 Social Security & Medicare have become interlocked.
In March of 2011 federal Judge, Rosemary Collyer ruled that in order to receive Social Security a person would also have to enroll in Medicare, if the person refused Medicare for any reason then they would have to forfeit all Social Security benefits too.
This case was under appeal by the Cato Institute a right leaning organization on behalf of three Federal Employee Retirees who not only didn’t want Medicare coverage but actually didn’t need it because of the benefits they were receiving in retirement (the case eventually added two others as well who were not Fed Employee Retirees)
Well, earlier this year the ruling was upheld in a court of law, on Feb. 7, 2012, a federal appeals court ruled in Brian Hall, et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al. that senior citizens who receive Social Security cannot reject their legal rights to Medicare benefits.
This ruling has now single handedly created the one expense that every single retiree will face – Medicare.
And guess what?
Medicare is not free.