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Que Empire theme from Star Wars
Monday, January 16, 2006
Time : 9:06 AM

The Presidents new Medicare plan is such a piece of crap he is now asking insurance carriers to “cover” the millions that are being left uncovered. I won't bore you with the details which can be read here. Several states have declared public health emergencies, and have had to step in to see that the elderly get the medicines they need and had been taking prior to the new Medicare changes. ...“ In California, officials estimate that 200,000 of the state's 1.1 million low-income Medicare beneficiaries had trouble getting their medications. “
The Bush administration touted this new plan as a way for seniors to save money over the old plan. However there is no language in the new coverage that expressly require savings. It's all left to the corporate decision makers that actually run the program. The plan does not allow for bidding to assure the lowest prices for participants. Senator Kennedy wanted bulk buying savings to be passed to the consumer, but with Bush's blessing the legislation was stricken of any such language. Thomas Scully, the main Bush negotiator, within a week of passing the legislation joined a health care lobbying firm as well as an investment company.

Richard S. Foster, chief actuary for the Medicare program, testified March 24 before the House Ways and Means Committee about the manner in which officials of the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) pressured him to withhold information from Congress concerning the likely cost of the prescription drug benefit that is the centerpiece of the Medicare “reform” bill passed by Congress last fall.

The amount of info on this program is to great for my brain to follow anymore. The GOP are a great bunch of people. When is comes to chicanery of all types , the person in the administration who is usually behind it is none other than our friend Darth Cheney.

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Comments for Que Empire theme from Star Wars
Sorry, I already ranted about the drug coverage in a few places this morning but am happy to see it being discussed because it SUCKS.

I keep hoping that one of these days, one of the many screw-ups of the Bush regime (like this one)will bring it down. Not only are too many of us stupid for going along with Bush, now it looks like too many of us are corrupt and without a heart.

I have a friend who has volunteered to help seniors negotiate this new plan. He seems to think it will take millions of hours of time. Add that to the cost! But then Bush is big on us volunteering to shore up his deficiencies.

This legislation is doing exactly what it was intended to do, as you point out, force all seniors, the biggest drug market, to buy all their drugs at list prices. No bulk negotiations.



Thanks for blogging on this- I have been too pissed about it to write anything effective other than &^^%*#*@(#((@(*$*$#*(#??!!!!!!....WHICH kind of says it all doesn't it??? and yes Lilly is right it really SUCKs....

Uncanny how these guys can fuck everything up, seemingly without even trying.

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