Part D improvements

September 20, 2009 

As a retiree who watched President Obama's health-care speech, I hope that any reform bill Congress passes this year improves Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage. There are several things we should do:

1) Allow Medicare to negotiate volume discounts with drug manufacturers. Veterans Affairs can do this and its medicines cost 58 percent less.

2) Close the doughnut hole. I think it is wrong that many seniors must pay full price for their prescriptions while still paying their full monthly premiums

3) End the taxpayer subsidies to private insurance companies that operate Medicare Advantage programs. I've read that we pay these companies 20 percent more than it would cost Medicare to serve them directly. Sounds like corporate welfare to me.

John Newman


N.C. Alliance for Retired Americans


News & Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service