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Dealing With Hypocrisy: A Rebuttal to Complaints About Medicare Premiums and WEP/GPO

Creators Syndicates’ Tom Margenau, in a post on, uses his extensive experience as a Social Security Administration official to address two fundamental (and frequently recurring) complaints voiced by program beneficiaries questioning rulers that, in their opinion, are unjust. Margenau rebuts criticisms about the cost of Medicare raised by a participant impacted by the income-related monthly adjustment amount (IRMMA) applied to his premium, as well as a tirade from another complainer aimed at the effect that the government pension offset provision has on the expected widow’s benefit available to his spouse. In both of these rebuttals, Margenau provides a carefully crafted explanation of why the rules are what they are. Read his post here.

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