Democrats - Don't Go Backwards in Help for Seniors and their Drug Cost

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Patients for Affordable Drugs.org - 06.11.2018 - Democrats, Don't Cut Bad Deal With Big Pharma

 

Good grief . . . . Why throw out something that is very helpful to many on Medicare - the closing of the donut hole a year earlier than scheduled by the ACA - just to fix the "cliff" - it can be done by making insurers pay more.

 

These 50 Democrats are playing right into the hands of the insurers.  

People might want to see which Democrats signed this letter and give them some comments about thinking first about who they are representing.

 

The members all signed on to a letter supporting drug corporations’ lobbying efforts to rollback Big Pharma’s contribution to Medicare that saves patients and taxpayers money.

 

. . . . members encouraged action to let drug corporations off the hook for the high cost of drugs in the Medicare donut hole. Under the bipartisan budget deal Congress passed in February, drug corporations are responsible for 70 percent of the cost of prescription drugs in the donut hole starting next year, up from 50 percent this year.

 

Democratic House letter signers did flag a real problem in the structure of Medicare that will cause patient out-of-pocket costs to rise in 2020—the so-called “cliff.” Mitchell made clear that issue should be addressed, and one way to do it is to make Pharma pay more—not less.

 

“However, the ‘cliff’ will not be resolved by rolling back Pharma’s responsibility to cover 70 percent of the cost of drugs for seniors in the donut hole,” Mitchell wrote. “One way to address the ‘cliff’ is for drug corporations to contribute a larger share toward Medicare in 2020 and beyond.”

 

The letter acknowledges the genuine interests of the members of Congress to protect people on Medicare, but makes clear that the suggestions in the letter to House leadership are inconsistent with that goal.

 

If you don't know this group - evidently supported by the AARP - perhaps you might want to get to know them and their actions.

Patients for Affordable Drugs.org

 

There is an imbedded link to the actual letter these 50 Dems signed in the body of the article linked above listing those that signed it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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