“A Loser If There Ever Was One”
As a retired MA Community Pharmacist for over 50 years, it is difficult for me to approve the Medicare D Prescription Plan in its present format and intents.
Medicare D has been endangered by allowing the Pharmaceutical Industry and the Insurance Companies to set their own prices and agenda without oversight by the present Administration and its staunch supporters in Congress.
They have been given the power to charge what they want and remain the highest priced purveyors in the world of necessities of life, (medications that are used to maintain and keep many of us alive). They not only can set the prices but declare what is available and what is not.
Doctors will no longer be able to prescribe what they think is the best medication for the patients. They will have to conform to the dictates of the Pharmaceutical Industry and Insurance Companies. It is well beyond the pale of what “the market will bear.”
AARP, the most powerful advocate for the elderly NOW must surely see, what Medicare D really means to the Seniors of today and the Boomer Generation in the future. It must use all in its power to remedy the “donut hole” and all of the other above mentioned pitfalls.
In the language of our Greatest Generation, “It is the biggest boondoggle that ever came down the pike.”
Again, I must invoke my favorite quote of Harry Truman.
More truer words have not been uttered. It is as apropos today as it was 60 years ago or more.
“If you can’t convince them then confuse them!”
Charles (Chuck) D. Gerstein, RPh
Member of AARP since 1977
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