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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

BummerMan Rips Medicare Part D!!!

OK... remember everything you know about our asswipe president Mr. Bush, and then try to figure out what's wrong with Medicare Part D. It's not that hard.

Starting November 15th this year Medicare eligible people are being asked to pick a new Medicare plan that will assist with the cost of prescription medication. The research shows that the average senior receiving Medicare benefits spends $2,000 a year on meds alone. These new "insurance" plans (offered by private companies and subsidized by federal dollars) will save the typical senior about half of that (after you figure in his/her monthly premium of $32.50 per month, the $250 deductible and the 25% copay for the rest... up to $2250 limit.) So if the average senior is going to save $1000 bucks a year... How exactly are we supposed to pay for that?

Now I can see why Dems support the idea... help for seniors struggling to pay for escalating drug costs seems like a good idea. So why do the Republicans support it?

Because it's throwing open the federal government coffers and allowing big evil drug companies to help themselves like the disgusting pigs they are. They've already estimated that Medicare D will cost the federal government $750 billion over the next 7 years... and there is no way to stop this from happening. The laws are in effect and starting Nov. 15 Medicare eligible people have to sign up or face late-enrollment penalties.

So smart and loyal readers... if Social Security is already facing a looming crisis as we attempt to pay for the long term health care of an increasingly old and medication-consuming retired class... how the hell are we supposed to pay for this too!!! If social security was heading for a train wreck in 2020, we just accelerated the process by 10 years.

I may be misinterpreting the facts, but it looks to me like this new privatized scheme, in which big health care and drug companies are being asked to sign up every senior to an insurance plan that will be federally subsidized, will result in a feeding frenzy among an already bloated and corrupt segment of our corporate world. Is this really the best way to help seniors deal with the skyrocketing costs of medication? Hell no. First of all, it does nothing to address the actual cost of these meds. They'll still cost the same, only now drug companies will be picking the pockets of our inept government instead of our increasingly impoverished senior citizenry. Now, as the boomers all get old, they've figured out a way to make sure they don't have to pay for all these expensive drugs that will keep them hanging on for another 10 years. The working class will pay for it until the system breaks... which oughtta take about 10 to 15 years. Its hard to believe that big drug companies and health care providers are going to be rewarded with lucrative government contracts after proving to everyone over the last 20 years how pathetic they are at serving the public need. But then, this administration is all about sleeze-ball profiteering. Why am I not surprised? _Rants

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At 8/25/2005 01:47:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Because it's throwing open the federal government coffers and allowing big evil drug companies to help themselves like the disgusting pigs they are."

Drug companies are evil. And I hate evil. Even more than evil, I hate companies that try to make money. And I hate companies that make me hate. And evil companies that try to make money and make me hate are the most evil of them all. Jiffy Lube, Foot Locker, all disgusting pigs.

"So if the average senior is going to save $1000 bucks a year... who's going to pay for that? Take a guess."

The same people who "pay" for everything by allowing currency of some kind to circulate throughout the economy - people who work.

"if Social Security is already facing a looming crisis as we attempt to pay for the long term health care of an increasingly old and medication-consuming retired class..."

Wow, so you're finally buying into the president's B.S. regarding Social Security? Don't you know anything about being a good Democrat? You have to stick to your guns and call it just another conspiracy theory. But it's nice that you're finally pretending to agree with every financial advisor in the country. Are stocks and bonds still a good idea?

"how the hell are we supposed to pay for this too!!!"

We keep working... getting more and more depressed by the moment... buying more Zoloft... making the disgusting pigs fatter...

"I may be misinterpreting the facts,"

You have about as much chance of that as you have of dating someone more attractive and intelligent than yourself. Not in this lifetime, BM. :)

Soapy

 
At 1/20/2006 11:11:00 AM, Anonymous Blue Cross of California said...

Great blog I hope we can work to build a better health care system as we are in a major crisis and health insurance is a major aspect to many.

 
At 2/28/2008 04:34:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vote Hillary!

She endorsed universal health care.

 

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