President Tells Insurers to Aid Ailing Medicare Drug Plan

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  1. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    hm, another boondoggle. and it's a plan that's been trumpeted by the WH ever since its passage. it'll be interesting to see if it has any effect on bush's poll numbers.
     
  2. blackfox macrumors 65816

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    noticed this mentioned in Gore's speech earlier today.

    I can't see how this could possibly play well for Bush, and it should be interesting to see how the GOP handles it - as this manages to piss of a strong voting base (aarp set), and turn traditional conservative fiscal policy/ideology on it's head - giving those in the GOP a stark choice of continuing to support the President, or re-embracing traditional conservative policy in the run up to mid-term elections.
     
  3. solvs macrumors 603

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    I'd say good for him, but since he's the one who botched it in the first place, no kudos for you GW. Plus, I still think he has it backwards. Government should be picking up the slack for insurances dropping the ball. Not the other way around.

    Between this and privatizing Social Security (and stem cell research, and euthanasia), the Dems should be able to grab some of the ever important senior vote.
     
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    There are two camps here, those who had to pay for their medications out of pocket and will be saving quite a bit and the dual eligibles who will be worse off under the new plan. The dual elibibles are the poorest and most infirm and they probably won't have an impact on poll numbers. Those who will save a bunch through this program could potentially provide a boost in poll numbers if they end up saving what they expect to and if the insurance companies don't screw them over.

    There's no doubt that so far this is a total and utter fiasco. Six months from now when the bugs are ironed out it will be interesting to look back and see if it remains one.
     
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    Hmm. I was listening to BBC Radio the other day, where an interviewee said that his drugs cost 20 times more in the States than over here.
     
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    Am I alone in thinking that, had Clinton been the one implementing this program, it would've been done much better, by much more competent people?
     
  7. solvs macrumors 603

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    Nope not just you. But he got a bj from a young lady who wasn't his wife, so all the good he did is negated. Nice to see a Republican be honest about how bad it is though. Believe it or not, there are some good ones out there.

    I saw a report on the drug program when it first started, and could see then how much of a mess it was going to be. Especially the parts involving the internet and electronic kiosks. The Daily Show even did a joke about it, and how old people love technology. I don't know the details of what they're talking about in the article, but somehow I think poor people are going to get screwed. It's sad that it's cheaper for me to get my meds from Canada or Mexico than here in the States even with insurance. I can't imagine how awful it must be for seniors and the poor.
     
  8. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    That's 'cause our drugs are 20 times better. Them's 'Merican drugs.
     
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    Yeah-- well, we can thank the Bush administration and the War on Terror for that. I don't know about you, but Bush certainly has me convinced that the Canadians want to sell us arsenic-laced Viagra. And I'm certain the CEOs of the drug companies are genuinely concerned about the risks of those nasty Canadians who clearly want to kill us.
     
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    :p :p :p
     

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