Monday, January 16, 2006

States' "Rights"

I know today is a national holiday, but since every day is Saturday in Gurglyland, I'm going to post anyway. You can all breathe a sigh of relief now. However, I spent most of the day in bed due to a stomach ailment (go ahead, shed a tear), so I'm not sure what I'm going to say, exactly, but let's see what develops.

Well, there's this: the new Medicare prescription program is effed! Not that this comes as a surprise to most people. But the president has chosen to deal with the problems, which include low income people also enrolled in Medicaid being told to pay full price for their prescriptions and pharmacy employees being put on hold for hours when they call the Medicare helpline for answers, by telling other people to fix them for him.
The actions came after several states declared public health emergencies, and many states announced that they would step in to pay for prescriptions that should have been covered by the federal Medicare program.

Ah, the good sense of Republicans. They believe in the power of the states, and they keep proving it over and over, by repeatedly dropping the ball and forcing the states to pick it up. Nice work!


Blogger Paul said...

Why do we expect the federal government to provide these services? It is outside their mandate and capabilities. If medicare and Medicaid would have been started on the state level like they should have been in the beginning. It is a painful transition that had to be made but no one, democrat, republican, or other could have done any better. People had the chance to sign up. They didn't. Whatever happened to personal responsibility? Do democrats really believe that people are so stupid that they can't take care of themselves or is the democrat created program responsible for making them complacent and lazy?

11:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't be a fucking idiot. do yourself a favor and stop listening to Rush Limbaugh.

10:31 AM  
Blogger gurgly said...

I'll leave this comment up in the interest of a diversity of viewpoints, but please keep the language clean if you have something to say.

11:46 AM  

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