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Monday, May 02, 2011

Three Ways to Save Medicare

Here are three ways to save Medicare, none of which are being considered by Paul Ryan and his corporate bosses.

1. Allow Medicare to use its bulk purchasing power to negotiate with the pharmaceutical companies for lower prices. This wouldn’t cost a dime; and wouldn’t add a single faceless government bureaucrat to the process. This is strictly prohibited under G.W. Bush’s multi-billion-dollar giveaway to the drug industry. Eliminating this rule would save $156 billion.

2. Allow prescription drugs to be imported from Canada (among other countries). Again — strictly prohibited. Where are all those “Limited Government!” shouters when we need them? Eliminating this rule would save $80 billion.

3. Allow Medicare recipients to use their insurance outside of the United States. This would be a win-win for Medicare recipients, our overburdened doctors and hospitals, and taxpayers who would save $40 billion a year. Can’t blame Bush for this one: Obama recently dismissed this exact idea at a town hall meeting.

Unfortunately the Medical-Industrial Complex will never permit their well-paid prostitutes — i.e. Congress — to make any of these changes.

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Blogger J. Marquis said...

Great ideas!

May 2, 2011 at 6:18 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

Yes indeed. Those three things alone would appear to save more than a quarter of a trillion dollars.

May 2, 2011 at 6:54 AM  
Blogger Jerry Critter said...

I am afraid you are right, Tom. Profits are more important than life to the "Medical-Industrial Complex".

After all, life is just an expense to them.

May 2, 2011 at 11:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Starts -

My Understanding is the Canadians and others get Cheaper Drugs because they bargain for them and (according to the drug companies) WE make up the difference in profit.

The whole Bush plan overloaded the Budget by bringing in the HMO's to do what the Government (there's that Nasty word) was doing for less. Under that plan we make up what the HMO's are losing. Eliminate the HMO's and just go back to the evil government and you could save even more billions, Like we have done for the last 40 years.

Too Scary?


May 2, 2011 at 12:46 PM  
Blogger Beekeepers Apprentice said...


This is what happens when certain industries that should be in the public trust are allowed to:

1. become an "industry"

2. left to the free market.

May 2, 2011 at 3:26 PM  
Blogger Beekeepers Apprentice said...

Ooooh! No more moderation?

May 2, 2011 at 3:26 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

J: Yup, too bad they'll never see the light of day.

Snave: I guess they'd rather save money by deleting the safety net.

Jerry: From their standpoint, people are just raw materials to be utilized for maximum profit.

Erik: I'm afraid that's much too scary for the people who are running things.

Bee: Good summary; that's the crux of it. I thought I'd give it a whirl without moderation, let the chips fall where they may, etc.

May 2, 2011 at 4:23 PM  

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