Archive for August 26, 2009

Thank You, Senator Kennedy

Thank you for reminding us to be civil, to bear life’s burdens, to sail and swim when you can, to expect mortality – and to seek health care for all.

August 26, 2009 at 10:31 pm Leave a comment

Wake Up, America!

In a column in  the Washington Post on August 24th, Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele purported to be worried about the damage health care reform will do to Medicare.

Really?  Talk about raiding Medicare: Can you say “Medicare Advantage”?  The last Administration privatized Medicare in 2003 with the Medicare Advantage system that lured private insurance into the program by paying huge subsidies of more than 14% on top of what the traditional, public Medicare program is paid for the same services.

Can you say “Part D”?  The last Administration created the incomprehensible Part D prescription drug program that made Medicare drug coverage available ONLY through private plans and actually wrote into law a PROHIBITION against Medicare negotiating prices with drug companies.  Talk about a boondoggle for Big Pharma!

The Bush Administration created a windfall for private insurance and pharmaceutical companies – all at the expense of the cost-effective public Medicare program, seniors, and taxpayers.

Come on, America, Wake Up!  Don’t buy into using health care reform to create another welfare program for private insurance and pharmaceutical companies.  Haven’t we given them enough by giving them Medicare?

August 26, 2009 at 4:04 pm 2 comments


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