It seems so simple: If you have Medicare, ignore the Affordable Care Act.
It. Is. Not. For. You.
And yet, it seems to be the confusion that won't go away.
So, we're going to give it another go — this time, straight from the mouth of Mary Agnes Carey, a Washington, D.C., reporter who has a thorough understanding of both the policy and politics of health reform from covering health care policy and politics on Capitol Hill for more than 15 years.
Carey is now focused on implementation of the Affordable Care Act in her role as a senior correspondent for Kaiser Health News. Previously, she covered the battle over the Patients' Bill of Rights and creation of the Medicare prescription drug program.
A frequent radio and television commentator, she has been featured on the Nightly Business Report, PBS NewsHour and on NPR affiliates nationwide. She had worked for newspapers in Connecticut and Pennsylvania before moving to Washington in the late 1990s when she followed the rise and fall of President Clinton's health care plan, working as Capitol Hill Bureau Chief for Congressional Quarterly, as an editor at CQ HealthBeat and at Dow Jones Newswires.
Carey, who holds a master's in journalism from Columbia University, lives in Washington with her husband and two children.
She answers some frequently asked questions about Medicare and the health law: