Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Medicare Doughnut Hole Gets $250 in new Health Care Bill. Big Dang Deal!

Remember the many speeches about that terrible doughnut hole (the gap) that Seniors reach when their prescription drugs reach a certain dollar amount? Remember the dedication of Liberals to do away with the gap, or make it smaller? Well, they are doing just that. The government will give you $250 toward your expenses incurred in the gap period. Source: CNN

Friends, that is laughable! The average Senior pays $4,350 in out-of-pocket prescription costs. My mother and mother-in-law have this happen every year. It costs them far more than $250 to get to the other side, and neither of them are on a long list of drugs. Neither of them complain - much. They pay it, and they sacrifice to do so, because the Medicare benefits they receive for other medical care are substantial.

About that Liberal dedication:
Senate majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) promised to close the gap in Medicare prescription drug coverage called the "doughnut hole," meeting the top priority of the powerful senior lobbyist group AARP. December 15, 2009.
[Harry Reid]: The legislation we will send to President Obama for his signature will make good on his promise and ours to forever end this indefensible injustice for America's seniors," said Reid, speaking from the floor of the Senate.  December 15, 2009
President Obama's proposed healthcare reform fix would close the Medicare Part D "doughnut hole," crack down on "pay-for-delay" deals on generics and hike fees on branded drugs. February 22, 2010. 
The Democrats and President Obama have been clear that the "doughnut hole" as the gap is known, would disappear gradually over the next 10 years. They have not mentioned that Medicare patients would, according to House figures, face a slightly larger hole in coverage during two of the next three years than they do today.
The doughnut hole is in the prescription Medicare plan because when the bill was passed, the government could not afford to close it. "The government" cannot afford any of the Liberal mandated health care coming our way, and the doughnut hole has nothing to do with "indefensible injustice" for America's seniors.

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