Saturday, August 05, 2006
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Democrats running for Congress this fall must emphasize, over and over, that the Medicare Part (D)isaster bill was pushed by the Republicans and has been a huge boon for one group: pharmaceutical companies, because the bill BARRED Medicare from negotiating lower drug prices.
WaPo: Bills Soar As Many Hit Gap in Drug Plan
Medicare Provision Jolts Some Seniors
Although the Medicare handbook clearly describes the coverage break, critics say most Medicare recipients, bombarded with advertising from private prescription plans, focused on deductibles and premiums and the drugs included.
"There was a lot of emphasis on signing up seniors. It was a crusade almost," said Stuart Guterman, a Medicare expert with the nonpartisan Commonwealth Fund. He doubts that many companies highlighted the doughnut hole in their marketing push. "That's not a selling point," he said.
Medicare Part (D)isaster Doughnut Hole Is Here (May 21, 2006)
'Part D is a complex system of subsidies to private insurance companies' (May 15, 2006)
Medicare Part (D)isaster Penalties: Will Rethugs Blink? (May 13, 2006)
Bush To Old People: Drop Dead (May 10, 2006)
Medicare Part (D)isaster, Incompetently Administered, Misleading Poor Seniors (May 7, 2006)
Most Severely Ill Senior Citizens Already in Medicare Part (D)isaster Doughnut Hole (April 27, 2006)
Medicare Part (D)isaster: Watch Out For That Hole (April 12, 2006)
President Out-of-Touch Moron Meets the Seniors (March 19, 2006)
Medicare Part (D)isaster: Making the Mentally Ill Sicker (February 6, 2006)
Medicare Part (D)isaster Creating Havoc at Social Security Administration (February 4, 2006)
Right Wing Blogs Exhibit Myopia Over Medicare Part D(isaster) (January 24, 2006)
Medicare Part (D)isaster (January 20, 2006)
Operation Photo Op, Medicare Part D edition, 1.0 (January 18, 2006)
'Horrific at Best' (January 9, 2006)
The Incompetence, The Corruption, and The Cronyism: Sunday, January 8, 2006 (January 8, 2006)
Boston Globe: Debtors' Hell
Part I: Preying on Red-Ink America
Great piece in today's Boston Globe on sleazy collection agents taking advantage of lax government oversight to prey on small debtors, taking their cars and even their homes for non-payment of credit card debt. If our Attorney General Tom Reilly, Democratic candidate for governor, had guts, or a smidgen of opportunistic political sense, the two scumbags profiled, disbarred attorney Daniel Goldstone and his brother Chad Goldstone, would be served with papers tomorrow by the state seeking an immediate cessation to their operations. Unfortunately Tom Reilly has shown all the backbone of an invertebrate, and no political sense, so he'll continue to drive his gubernatorial campaign into the ground and ignore it.
My advice to Tom would be, the Globe has handed you a gift. This is an issue you have jurisdiction over, which would be popular with all voters! Jump on this!
Not holding my breath.