Medicare Part D keeps seniors healthy

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  • WHAT NOW? Saint George, UT
    Dec. 6, 2012 8:43 p.m.

    Another communistic, socialistic, "takers" plot to deprive all Americans born and unborn of their freedoms!


  • Ralph West Jordan Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 6, 2012 11:14 a.m.

    Part D has litrally been a life-saver for my wife! With end-stage renal failure, it has allowed us to afford the humongus pharmacy costs! As much as it has helped, it could have been much better if the Govt. was allowed to negotiate drug prices as is private enterprise, but that is not at this time an option due to the efforts of the Repubs. in congress fighting to protect the interests of the big drug companies. Does the name Sen. Tommy Thompson ring a bell? It makes me laugh whenever I hear the right spout their diatribe about reigning in entitlements and lowering costs! Hypocrycy at its finest!

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Dec. 6, 2012 9:16 a.m.

    Roland, if you will check, you will find that Part D funding is coming from Social Security funds.

    I agree, Bush's creation of Part D was just one more of his dishonest tricks. But we seniors HAVE paid our premiums.

    However, there is still hope out there that the foolishness of Bush will be replaced by the wisdom behind ACA.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 6, 2012 8:50 a.m.

    Every cent spent by Medicare part D is pure debt, because the Bush administration refused to create a funding mechanism for it. Sorry one old man, but no senior ever paid a penny for their drug coverage. No politician who voted for Medicare part D should ever be allowed to refer to themselves as a "fiscal conservative" ever again.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Dec. 6, 2012 8:42 a.m.

    A part of the story not mentioned here is the fact that we are now seeing some of the effects of portions of the Affordable Care Act beginning to kick in. That act, so often derided as "Obamacare" is actually beginning to spur competition between companies. That competition is beginning to produce not only lower fees, but better policy coverage.

    When I first obtained Part D coverage several years ago, I had to pay a monthly premium of about $89 for it. Each year, the premium went up. Just after hearing that it would increase to $109 per month, I received an ad from AARP telling me of a Part D plan that had ZERO monthly premium.

    At the meeting with the plan's salesmen, the big question was how they could do that? The explanation was simple: We who were of age to take advantage of the plan had already paid our premiums throughout our working lives. The government was actually paying them now from money we had deposited.

    The $109 we were going to pay was really an ADMINISTRATIVE FEE charged by the companies. In other words, they were gouging us for pure profit. ACA is great!