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April 08, 2005

So Much for States Rights

Some states are thinking about supplementing Medicare prescription drug benefits for low-income seniors with additional funds and steering recipients into plans with lower costs for those seniors.

The Bush administration response. Threaten to throw state officials in jail:

State programs that steer people to a specific drug plan are "contrary to Medicare policy goals" and "may violate federal fraud and abuse laws," said the memorandum, signed by Leslie V. Norwalk, deputy administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The Medicare legislation prohibits the federal government from negotiating lower prices from pharmaceutical companies and now states are prohibited from negotiating better benefits for low-income seniors.

These folks don't believe in "federalism", just in disabling decent government at every level.

Posted by Nathan at April 8, 2005 08:20 AM