The American people -- particularly the elderly, the poor
and the sick -- continue to be systematically fleeced, impoverished, and killed
off by its so-called leadership, led by the Bush administration and Congress.
There is no better example of this than the Medicare Part D program.
The fact that it was a cleverly engineered monstrosity was
clear from its inception. The deliberately confusing Medicare Part D has
created an unprecedented national crisis for beleagured medical professionals
and pharmacists, as well as their sick patients, watching their money
disappear, along with their coverage, down the infamous "doughnut hole".
Two new articles that break down the Medicare Part D program
need to be read in their entirety:
Drug Gap Will Be Even Trickier in 2008 (San Francisco Chronicle)
Part D Comes With Ugly Surprise
The immediate impact, which will be felt within months,
cannot be overstated. As pointed out in these analyses, the �doughnut hole�
bombshell will financially destroy untold numbers of Americans, particularly
senior citizens and the chronically ill. Medicare beneficiaries will have less
drug coverage than ever. Brand name drug coverage will be virtually
non-existent. Those who rely on the many medications that have no generic
equivalent will watch their savings get gutted.
Complicit members of Congress, who (deliberately as well as
out of ignorance) sign off on the most catastrophic geostrategic policies, are
aiding and abetting the Bush administration�s Medicare Part D fraud. Among
others, �progressive� Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) has pushed hard to get
people to enroll in Part D. Based on my calls to Rep. Lee�s office, the
congresswoman has no clue about the �doughnut hole,� or any specifics about the
program. (Platitudes, echoing Bush, about �the need for drug coverage� were
abundant.) Other members of Congress were even less forthcoming.
goes without saying that Medicare, Social Security and other apparatuses have
been transformed into criminal government schemes. A complete probe of the
Medicare program, exposing the entirety of its fraud and its real beneficiaries
(in the government, and their elite colleagues in the insurance and
pharmaceutical industries) is, of course, badly needed. But multi-level Ponzi
schemes and shell games like Part D are so purposely Byzantine, that few people
on earth understand it, including the armies of Bush functionaries who have
been hired to tout them.