Monday, July 14, 2003

Medicare reform. Why should we be surprised? The Washington Post reports today that the Medicare not-exactly-comprehensive-prescription-drug-benefit-that-we-still-can't-afford bills (S. 1, H.R. 1) have "become a magnet for dozens of unrelated provisions benefiting hospitals, doctors, medical equipment companies and an array of other health care interests." Citing "many [provisions] dropped into the legislation in the small hours of June 27, just before Senate passage [that] would benefit [chiropractors,] marriage counselors, the weight-management industry, rural ambulance services, Hawaii's Medicaid program and doctors in Alaska." Stating the obvious, but something that needs to be said anyway, the Post writes: "the legislation proved to be an irresistible target for an army of health care lobbyists lured by the first major Medicare bill to move through Congress in three years."
posted by tommayo, 6:05 PM

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