News and Opinion for Democrats Against Bush -- Part II
Bush Favors Drug Co. Profits Over Seniors' Lives
BUSH and the MEDIA
-- Gay Rights
-- The Real Deficit
---- Deficit Lies
-- International Debt
---- Children Will Pay
-- Tax Cut Con Game
---- Tax-Cut Lies
------ to Small Business
---- Phony Benefits
---- Hurting States
---- Why Accepted?
---- Cuts Will Backfire
-- Low-Tax Mania
-- Move toward Flat Tax
-- Corp. Tax Dodgers
-- Corporate Welfare
---- Halliburton
-- The SUV Boondoggle
-- Unemploym't Worse
------ Comp. Denied
---- Jobs Not Created
-- Widespread Poverty
-- False Recovery
-- Stock Market
-- Texas Sch. Scandals
-- Broken Promises
-- Abandoned Youth
-- College Aid Cut
-- Aid to Rich Colleges
-- Textbooks Censored
-- Acad. Freedom Denied
ELECTRONIC VOTING -- --- A Crucial Issue
-- Monstrous Bill
---- Allows Blackouts
---- Bi-Part. Oppos'n
-- New Energy Bill
-- Bush's "Eco-Speak"
---- How to Tell Lies
-- Crimes v. Nature
---- Air Pollution
---- Global Warming
---- Ozone Depletion
---- Chemical Hazards
---- Loss of Wildlife
-- States Combat Bush
---- Power Plant Suits
-- Pension Funds, Too
-- Worker Safety
-- Real Jobless Stats
-- Overtime in Danger
-- Poor Ranking
-- Privatized Socialism
-- Health Insurance
---- The Uninsured
------ Middle Class
-- Cost of Drugs
-- Medicare
---- A Cynical Bill
---- Favoring HMOs
---- $$ to Drug Co.s
---- Bait and Switch
---- AARP Sells Out
---- Bullying to Win
---- Australian Critique
---- Some Good News
-- Chill on Research
-- Amtrak
-- Mars vs. Amtrak
-- Use of Language
--'Enemy Combatants'
-- Ultra-Secret Trials
-- Homeland Insecurity
---- Funds Miss Needs
-- FBI Prying Grows
---- Targeting Protests
------ & Anti-Bush Talk
-- Computer Privacy
-- Patriot Act
---- Excesses
------ Cure - SAFE Act
---- Dangers
---- Author's Fear
---- Librarians' Warning
--"Patriot Act II"
---- Death for Protest?
---- Sneak Enactments
---- GAO Criticisms
---- EFF Concerns
-- Guantanamo
---- Conditions
---- Legal Status
---- UK Judge's Blast
-- Torture Condoned
---- Canadian's Ordeal
-- Yousef Yee
-- Scientists Accuse
---- Admin. Can't Deny
-- Abortion Truths
-- Notorious Photo

"... So how has President Bush "fixed" this problem? By pushing hard for, and then signing, marginally beneficial legislation that will cost taxpayers $400  billion -- some $139 billion of which, over one third, will go directly into the profit-laden pockets of those same drug companies."
--Geov Parrish, WorkingForChange

Reaction to Bush's Remarks on Medicare: Statement  by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director, Alliance for Retired Americans

10/29/03 2:13:00 PM

To: National Desk  - Contact: Ilana Sabban of the Alliance for Retired Americans, 202-974 8264, e-mail: Web:

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Following is a statement by Edward F. Coyle, executive director, Alliance for Retired Americans:

"In his remarks today, President Bush proved once again that he is looking out for the profits of the pharmaceutical and insurance industries instead of the health care of seniors. What the administration and Congressional conferees are supporting will increase premiums and result in the loss of benefits for millions of retirees.

"The prescription drug benefit being debated in conference committee will force Medicare to compete with private insurers, the first step toward privatization of Medicare. When the president says he's offering seniors choices he means the choices of HMOs and PPOs, and we have seen private insurers fail seniors before.

"Rather than using the power of the government to lower the skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs, the President wants to use the power of the government to help his pharmaceutical and insurance industry friends make more profits.

"The Alliance for Retired Americans, which represents 3 million retirees, has long fought for a prescription drug benefit for seniors under Medicare. We oppose this legislation because it privatizes Medicare, has huge gaps in coverage, threatens employer-provided retiree coverage and does nothing to bring down prescription drug prices. The administration and Congress should be working to provide seniors with a prescription drug benefit under Medicare that is affordable, universal, comprehensive and voluntary.

"The Alliance still believes no bill is better than a bad bill. The president says we are almost there. We believe we still have a long way to go."


Money for nothing
New bill reforming Medicare raises Big Pharma's profits at cost of seniors' lives
Geov Parrish

The complete article is currently (3/31/04) available on the Working for Change website at-- [found through a Google search by article title on the date above]



Let's review. Why was legislation offering drug benefits needed in the first place? Because for America's growing number of people facing serious health issues while on fixed incomes, the cost of prescription drugs is an urgent crisis that continues to worsen daily. ...

Why is the cost of prescription drugs such a crisis, and why are America's drug costs so much higher than those in other industrialized countries? Largely because drug companies are run by heartless greedy bastards, and our health care system allows -- no, encourages -- their worst tendencies.

So how has President Bush "fixed" this problem?

By pushing hard for, and then signing, marginally beneficial legislation that will cost taxpayers $400 billion -- some $139 billion of which, over one third, will go directly into the profit-laden pockets of those same drug companies. ...

This is a bill designed to raise reelection money for George Bush, at the expense of seniors' lives.

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