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Medicare?

Likely, by the end of the day in Washington , whether they like it or not, older Americans will have some change on prescription drug prices. And the score is by no means even, with the AARP, the American Association of Retired Persons, saying the bill is better than nothing, and urging its passage, and others who say a bad bill is worse than no bill at all, and urge its defeat.

There are those in the Senate who feel Medicare is hardly more than socialized health care, and they’re agin’ it, just as they would be on any proposal that deviated from their norms. For millions of Americans, though, Medicare is their only medical care. Attached to this bill are conditions that would weaken Medicare in that it would force it to be more competitive.

This bill gives the big drug and insurance companies exactly what they want, however—letting them charge whatever the market will bear, steering more action their way, and subsidizing them heavily. Sometimes it seems, in its cynicism, that Congress must realize that the American Public, is not, after all, blind. But, they seem not to care if their willingness to give big business all the breaks and not much to the little guy shows. They know where their money comes from and they pander to it, obvious or not. I don’t know what wag first said it, but, whoever he was, he hit the nail right on the head when he said, “We have the finest Congress that money can buy.”

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