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Activist Handbook 2000: Medicare and Prescription Drugs
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Activist Handbook 2000: Medicare and Prescription Drugs

Medicare Reform and Prescription Drugs Why CSE Cares The Issue: CSE believes that health care services are products that are best allocated through the decisions of individuals in the private marketplace. Health care services are, at times, critically important, and a market-based system offers the best chance to expand choices and control costs: government control of health care is typically inequitable, inefficient and irrational. Medicare, which provides health care to America’s elderly and disabled, is a case in point. The Problem:

07/26/2000
What is Washington Doing to Your Medicare?
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What is Washington Doing to Your Medicare?

Like a lot of things these days, health care for the elderly and disabled is getting more complicated. This booklet explains the basics of Medicare, the problems now facing Medicare and ways to fix the program. Although this easy-to-read guide won’t answer all your questions about Medicare, it will help health care consumers and taxpayers understand the consequences of government-run solutions versus the benefits of a consumer-based Medicare system.

03/01/2000
Clinton's Band-Aid Approach to Medicare Reform
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Clinton's Band-Aid Approach to Medicare Reform

President Clinton has finally offered his new plan for Medicare, but it isn't clear why he calls it a "reform" package. Clinton's Medicare solutions are about as effective as several small band-aids on an Ebola patient. His two big ideas - expanding Medicare and spending projected surplus tax revenues - will likely make Medicare's long-term problems worse.

02/29/2000
Capitol Comment 267 - H.R. 1495: Kennedy-Style Tax-and-Spend Liberalism at its Finest
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Capitol Comment 267 - H.R. 1495: Kennedy-Style Tax-and-Spend Liberalism at its Finest

Congressional liberals have stepped up their campaign for a big government program to control seniors’ access to medicines. They recently filed a petition to force a vote on H. R. 1495. This bill is the house version of Sen. Ted Kennedy’s (D-Mass.) “Access to Prescription Medications in Medicare Act of 1999,” a universal entitlement program that would dramatically increase Medicare costs.1 Under the bill, also known as S. 841, Medicare would pay most of the prescription costs for all retirees through Medicare Part B (see table).

02/22/2000
Capitol Comment 268 - H.R. 644: Price Controls for Seniors' Prescription Drugs
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Capitol Comment 268 - H.R. 644: Price Controls for Seniors' Prescription Drugs

House Democrats, led by Rep. Tom Allen (D-Maine), have introduced the Prescription Drug Fairness for Seniors Act of 1999 (H.R. 664). More recently, they filed a petition to force a vote on the bill. By instituting price controls through the back door, the bill inflicts rationing on seniors, forces higher medical costs on everyone else, freezes the development of new cures, and means higher taxes for us all.1

02/22/2000
Issue Analysis 101 - Clinton, Gore, and Congress: Medicare Reforms That Don’t Measure Up
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Issue Analysis 101 - Clinton, Gore, and Congress: Medicare Reforms That Don’t Measure Up

Prompted by a host of concerns, politicians have begun to map out significant changes to Medicare’s operations, benefits, and financing. Some look to this year as an opportunity for the nation to finally address the broken Medicare system. Others, with an eye toward the election, would rather use the opportunity to bolster their political fortunes. But in the rush to propose more laws, agencies, taxes, and benefits, these politicians have generally overlooked retirees’ biggest need – more choices.

02/03/2000
Capitol Comment 250 - Snowe-Wyden: No Fairy Tale for Seniors and Taxpayers
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Capitol Comment 250 - Snowe-Wyden: No Fairy Tale for Seniors and Taxpayers

Senators Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) recently introduced the Seniors Prescription Insurance Coverage Equity (SPICE) Act, S.1480. The SPICE Act has seven shortcomings that dwarf any benefits for seniors. Premium Coverage Under S. 1480 IF a Senior’s or Couple’s Income is… …THEN Taxpayers Would Pay This Portion of Their Premiums Up to 150% of the poverty level 100% 150% to 175% of the poverty level Between 100% and 25% Over 175% of the poverty level 25%

09/03/1999
Capitol Comment 241 - Kennedy Strikes Back: The Return of Nationalized Health Care
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Capitol Comment 241 - Kennedy Strikes Back: The Return of Nationalized Health Care

In 1994, President Clinton tried to nationalize the health care industry in an ill-advised attempt to help the millions of Americans without insurance. Now, Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and the president are at it again – only this time, they want to take control of private health plans and leave uninsured Americans out in the cold. What’s worse, under the guise of their "Patients’ Bill of Rights," millions more would lose the health insurance they currently enjoy.

07/13/1999
Capitol Comment 238 - Politicians "Playing Doctor" With Medicare
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Capitol Comment 238 - Politicians "Playing Doctor" With Medicare

When politicians try to practice medicine, their remedy is often more dangerous than the disease. The latest Washington proposal to expand government-run health care — this time, Medicare — comes at a time when the main concern should be saving Medicare from bankruptcy.

06/07/1999
Issue Analysis 86 - Suppressing Generic Drugs Fleeces Consumers
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Issue Analysis 86 - Suppressing Generic Drugs Fleeces Consumers

Brand name pharmaceutical companies and federal and state governments are raiding consumers’ pocketbooks by preventing them from buying generic drugs. Such restrictions can be an enormous financial drain, especially for low-income Americans and seniors who live on fixed incomes and pay for prescriptions out-of-pocket.

02/25/1999

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