Item 1: Medicare is paying employers to maintain their retirement plan health care benefits, to the tune of $4 billion. These health benefits compete with Medicare Part D benefits.
Item 2: We already subsidize health care insurance, primarily through making business expenses for health insurance tax-deductible.
Item 3: Medicare isn’t allowed to negotiate on drug costs, although another federal agency, the VA, can. Medicare pharmaceuticals cost sometimes double what VA drugs cost.
Item 4: Our President’s plan to fix the health care system, Health Savings Accounts, is primarily targetted toward the middle- and upper-classes, those who already have health insurance. It also ignores the fact that approximately 80% of health care costs come from approximately 20% of patients (the really sick ones).
What’s next? The government subsidizing the drug companies for taking part in the Medicare D benefit?
Is it just me, or does it seem like our leaders are just setting up the government to fail?