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Telly Savalas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-11 06:11 PM
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Medicare Part D is flawed, but Medicare shouldn't face any adjustments
or something like that
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mitchtv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-11 06:20 PM
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1. I had good Rx insurance before part D
what now? retail? they paid the employer who sponsors my insurance loads of money to not drop us completely.the flaw with part D is non bargaining by Medicare, that could be fixed.
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DevonRex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-11 06:22 PM
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2. Medicare should be improved. But
don't adjust it. I think that's the "logic".
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TheKentuckian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-11 06:24 PM
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3. D has substantial flaws but I think it would be quite dishonest to pretend
it hasn't improve access and affordability of prescriptions for a lot of seniors.

It needs major renovation but cannot be scrapped. Seniors need a very comprehensive prescription plan.
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Hoyt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-11 08:10 PM
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6. Definitely true. Saw too many seniors forgoing meds, cutting them in half or thirds, before Part D.
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tularetom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-11 06:30 PM
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4. IMO Part D was a poison pill (so to speak) designed to destroy Medicare
By burdening the program with so much debt that congress would eventually have to disband it, or at least slash benefits severely.
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Indykatie Donating Member (416 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-11 06:59 PM
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5. Medicare without Rx Drug Coverage Was Not Effective Benefit IMO
Many chronic diseases can be managed using prescription drugs which should eliminate costly hospitalizations in some cases. The fact of the expense that these drugs adds to the Medicare program have to be addressed. We can start by eliminating the 28% subsidy paid to companies who still provide retiree medical coverage with an Rx benefit. The government thought they had to bribe the companies to keep providing the benefits which is BS since most companies that still provide post 65 retiree medical coverage are required to do so because of bargaining agreements in place with various Unions. Companies for the most part stopped providing voluntary retiree medical benefits years ago. Changes have to be made if we want to keep the same basic program infrastructure that we have today. Negotiating prices with drug manufacturers, means testing for richer seniors, mandatory use of generic drugs can put a dent in the costs but still more actions will be necessary.
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FarCenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-11 08:50 PM
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7. Medicare Part C, "Medicare Advantage Plans" is flawed
The insurance companies should be limited to providing Medicare Supplement plans, not the takeover of basic Medicare A and B plans.

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Warren Stupidity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-11 10:01 PM
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8. I'll just make up an argument and attack it.
And then pretend that you made that argument.
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