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question everything Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:51 PM
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H.R. 752, S.B. 873
While in California last week, I picked a copy of Senior Life and read an interesting report by Marvin Schachter about the problems with new Medicare drug benefits. Unfortunately I cannot find it online but here are his main points:

- Formularies can be changed by the benefit management companies totally on their own and at any time, but patients can switch programs only once a year, thus can be stuck with changed drugs.

- Prices can be changed by the benefit companies. Patients can be stuck with high costs.

- The "donuts" which really do not make sense. Medicare will not pay for drugs that cost between $2250 and $5100 a year. (I never understood this concept).

He cites an LAT editorial from December that proposed bills that would allow Medicare itself to become a competitor, armed with the power to bargain for discounts as the VA already does successfully.

He concludes that there are already bills in Congress, and urges the readers to write our Congressional representatives to support S.B. 873 and H.R. 752.
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question everything Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-06-06 12:19 AM
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1. No comment? From anyone? (nt)
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OzarkDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-06-06 12:24 AM
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2. Yes we should
There are quite a few things we should be calling our Dem congresspersons about, including this one.
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Greyhound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-06-06 11:45 AM
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3. More of the corporatist SPD health plan...
Sick? Poor? Die.
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area51 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-06-06 11:47 AM
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4. new Medicare drug laws
They are designed to kill off seniors. Period.

Republinazis hate Americans.


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