This commentary is by Marvin Malek, M.D. and MPH, an internist who lives in Berlin.

Anyone who tunes into commercial television will find it impossible to avoid the deluge of TV ads promoting Medicare Advantage plans. The advertising is funded by the lavish profits these companies are raking in.

Joe Namath, the great New York Jets’ quarterback, among other well-paid geriatric opinion leaders, extol these plans, asserting that they cover everything in traditional Medicare and more, and for a lower price.

My mom taught me that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is just that.

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