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MEDICARE PLAN D - ALL YOU EVER
NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PART D

35 SUDDENLY SENIOR
COLUMNS CLEAR THE AIR

Medicare’s Extra Help Can Be a Lifesaver

Three to four million seniors miss out on this low-income subsidy that can pay for your monthly Medicare premium, Plan D premiums, and most all of your drug costs. Are you missing out? Find out here.

The Hidden Disadvantages Of Medicare "Advantage"

Like its predecessor, Medicare+Choice, the current Medicare "Advantage" program is a shimmering mirage of cheap co-pays, cheaper hospital stays, and the quaint notion that it's "free of some anonymous Washington bureaucrat pushing you around." Unfortunately, in reality it is just the opposite.

Ho!Ho!Ho! From Those Wonderful Folks
Who Brought You Part D

Stories from the front lines. How the insurance companies screw seniors. And a question: What did the CEO of UnitedHealth Group do to earn $82,121 an hour?

While Medicare's Plan D sinks under the weight of political bribes and drug and insurance giveaways, a recent Congressional report concludes the drug prices offered by Part D drug plans are “over 60 percent higher than the prices available to consumers in Canada…almost 3 percent higher than the prices available at Costco.”

Plan D, Round 2007. Watch Out!

The administration lies. Instead of prices and coverage remaining the same, truth is, premiums are up 10 to 44 percent. Humana drops brand-name drugs in the $2,850 "donut hole," and it may be time to switch to a Medicare Advantage program, despite the hassle

Two, no three actions you can take to help your pocketbook. While Congress has you between a rock and a sick place, this could save you both money and health.

Lifetime penalties await all those seniors who delay doing the bidding of our government on Medicare Part D. Is that any way to treat fellow Americans? Read the alternatives to this sorry mess.

I called my Congressman today to ask him how big his donut hole is. Guess what? He doesn't have a donut hole. Nor does he have to pay out of pocket for drugs not covered. In fact, the People's House lives by very different rules than you and I. Is that fair? Read Frank's modest proposal.

Wouldn't that explain a lot? Who else but aliens, posing aDisgusted with Medicare Plan D? Congress Suggests Plan C.

While Medicare's Plan D sinks under the weight of political bribes and drug and insurance giveaways, a recent Congressional report concludes the drug prices offered by Part D drug plans are “over 60 percent higher than the prices available to consumers in Canada…almost 3 percent higher than the prices available at Costco.”

Greedy geezers get blamed for all America's financial ills these days. What with gazillions going for Social Security, Medicare, and a host of other programs promoting greed and sloth among us old poops, seems there's hardly anything left for political pork, corporate welfare, and war.

Learn how and why AARP lies to us about Medicare‘s Plan D. Instead of fighting for seniors, AARP throws us to the HMO wolves and builds power on our good names. In turn we are rewarded with the occasional hotel discount.

Taking Medicare Plan D By The Horns
This Senior Gets Gored

Frank takes you along as he attempts to negotiate the shoals of Medicare’s drug plan, both online and by phone. Hold your nose. It stinks every bit as bad as everyone says.

Here’s the latest on Medicare Plan D, including much that you never read before. Cuts right through all the disinformation out there to the truth.

Medicare Plan D - For Deceitful

A tale of woe. Complete with a compelling moral. Where Medicare becomes Medican’t, and when all forget The Rule, wailing and gnashing of teeth are heard throughout the land.

The Medicare Drug Bill, Simplified
for Seniors
Dumb as Me

Who saves? Who doesn’t? Here’s a look behind the gobbledygook at exactly what you can expect under the new Medicare drug bill. I, for one, will have nothing to do with it. I’ll lose way too much money.

Medicare’s new handbook forgets to mention the $2,850 “Donut Hole.” Congress forgets to be fair. And seniors everywhere are bending over to kiss their healthy asses goodbye.

A short, cautionary tale about how to make millions playing the Washington Game to the detriment of seniors and our country. Tommy Thompson on the carpet.

Soon, Canada may prohibit its pharmacies from shipping to the US. But if you need affordable drugs, you'll still get them through your trusted Canadian pharmacist.

Like its predecessor, Medicare+Choice, the new Medicare Advantage program seems to outshine plain old Medicare just as Congress intended. Could it be another attempt to kill Medicare, putting seniors at the mercy of the profit-hungry HMOs?

The Great Canadian War of 2006

Because it was over almost before it started, many now wonder what this war was really all about. Was this a case of "Wag the Dog?" And, why did Canada add the word "Great?"

Absolutely, positively, the last column I'll write on the new Medicare discount drug cards. Tells you everything you need to know — and a whole lot more.

Medicare Discount Cards: Son of Scam

Does our government think we turn into fools at age 65? Although there's little but confusion in this latest drug card trick, there are a few gems for low-income seniors.

All your letters and calls paid off yesterday when the administration announced that it is quitting the fight against affordable imported drugs. Three cheers! Now we must get S.2328 passed.

Shear genius! With the Bush Administration's steady hand on the helm, we have nothing to worry about. Still, I have these nagging doubts.

Finally, the truth about the much touted Medicare Discount Drug Cards. Could Congress even make a bill that more thoroughly screws seniors and further enriches drug companies and HMOs?

The Federal Drug Administration is at war with seniors. The USFDA is America's very own terrorist organization. Its lies on behalf of the thuggish and greedy drug companies are costing us billions. Costing us lives, too.

All about traitors -- both in Congress and at AARP -- and the final death rattle of an idea that could have saved countless thousands of senior lives and immeasurable suffering — physical, financial, and emotional.

Congress has turned the promised Medicare drug "benefit" into pile of crap that has even Washington holding its nose. Read how drug companies have sabotaged democracy and incited the biggest case of Medicare fraud in history. On us.

Here's the best plan yet to give the 10 million seniors who now must choose between food and medicine the Medicare plan they need to avoid sickness and early death. Come join us for a spirited march on Washington!

Talk about Medicare fraud! Congress and the President are pulling off the hoodwink of the century. It's a $890-billion swindle. And you and I are the victims. Read the sad facts, and how to act now to save your money and perhaps you life.

Just when our neediest brother and sister seniors find a place to buy more affordable drugs, the pharmaceutical industry threatens to cut them off, endangering the health of millions.

We seniors are under attack like never before. In their insatiable lust for profit, the pharmaceutical industry vultures have become so bold, so arrogant in their grab for riches, they now menace the fiscal and physical health of most seniors. Here's what to do.

Where's the promised drug price relief? Millions of seniors still have to choose between food and drugs. What's Bush doing? Bushwhacking, that's what.

Here's exactly how to save 40 percent or more — sometimes much more — on your prescription drugs. (I just saved $583.27 for three month's medicine!)

Millions more go to lobbying and advertising efforts to "keep big government out of your medicine cabinet." Which is another way of saying, "Let us gouge seniors double and triple what patients in HMOs pay for drugs."


Suddenly Senior reader, Jim Doherty, now 77, wrote the following which I trust you’ll enjoy as much as I did:

MEDICARE PART D BLUES

By Jim Doherty

(To the tune of "St. James Infirmary")

I signed up for Part D Medicare
Was hopin' to save a bit of dough
But I was conned by those pols up in DC
All In cahoots with the double ARP

They promised I'd save on prescriiptions
on those drugs I need to survive
but they lied and as far as I can tell
'bout a whole mess of other things as well

Members of Congress said to Big Pharma
Campaigns for elections cost a lot
Would you care to help us with a buck or two
Be assured we will all remember you.

Members of Congress in bed with Big Pharma
said help us out with a paragraph or two
for this Part D bill that we're drafting
'cause you deserve a hand in its crafting

So now we've got this Part D abortion
Its a doughnut with one humongous hole
and who'd you think's enjoying all the Karma
That's right of course it's Big and Little Pharma

And health insurers get their cut of all the goodies
'cause it's their bonanza, too
They alone dictate the price you have to pay
and Medicare's not allowed to have a say

Then there's the gotcha called "prior authorization"
That can veto what your doctor prescribes for you
Your insurer gets tp play Big Brother knows best
But answers to no one as I'm sure you've guessed.

So if you also wanna see this ripoff fixed
Don't let Congress off the hook
Give 'em the news that you' have paid your dues
So we can all stop singing those Medicare Part D Blues


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