“Our area has gone through two HMO’s… I’m not ready for a third.”
I read your article in “Lifestyles” with much interest & appreciation. For, as a Senior Citizen, I also purchase my prescription drugs from a Canadian firm. But recognizing the “lobbying” clout the pharmaceutical companies have with our elected representatives, particularly in this Administration, I have been reluctant to discuss my purchases with anyone except family members. (This is what I fought for in WWII??)
You ended your article by asking, “What should we do?” Here are my comments on the matter, trite as they may sound!
- We, meaning senior citizens, do not stand a chance with the present crop of representatives in office, particularly with this Administration. Therefore we must work like hell to get a “regime” change.
- Write, E-Mail & Fax your elected representatives concerning prescription drugs, every chance you get.
- Write, E-Mail & Fax editors, journalists, & pundits at every opportunity.
- Join advocacy groups that are sympathetic to Senior Citizen causes, at the same time beware of “front” groups that are secretly funded by the Pharmaceutical Industry & others.
- Somewhere, somehow, some group, similar to the AARP (who are NOT aggressive enough in my opinion), must coordinate a nationwide movement to counter the well-funded pharmaceutical groups tactics. I might suggest contacting a nationally known website like WWW.BUZZFLASH.COM. They publish articles & letters from various sources .The point is to get the “message” out to the public & generate discussion.
Finally, Mr. Kaiser, from what I read, there are two proposals for prescription drugs circulating in Washington. One promotes a “privatizing” scheme, utilizing HMO’s and insurance companies. The other scheme utilizes the existing Medicare System. Our area has gone through two HMO’s, I’m sure you’re aware of this. I’m not ready for a third.
Peter V. Anania
Ellicott City, MD
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