Medicare proposal does not consider long-term effects

Freedom newspapers T he congressional debate over Medicare — mainly centered on whether to add a prescription drug benefit to the health-care program for older Americans, although other issues are in play — almost looks like an inversion of the conventional wisdom. Republicans, including former House speaker and general gadfly Newt Gingrich, are pressing to […]

Health-care bill could cost more than percieved

Freedom Newspapers House and Senate negotiators reportedly haven’t been able to agree on several issues in a bill that would provide an open-ended prescription drug benefit under Medicare and (maybe) offer hope of reform in the troubled program. Good. The proposal under consideration, which the White House apparently thinks is the key to buying a […]

Medicare excess: Not a threat, a promise

Steve Chapman When Lyndon Johnson was pushing to create Medicare, an aide approached him about adding a provision to win approval in the House of Representatives. The problem was that it would cost the federal government $500 million a year. “Five hundred million,” snorted an incredulous Johnson. “Is that all? Do it. Move that damn […]

Deja vu disaster in Medicare drug benefit awaits

Senior citizens who eagerly await a Medicare prescription drug benefit might want to be careful what they wish for, if history is any guide. The political positioning over a Medicare drug entitlement has reminded longtime Capitol Hill watchers of a similar scenario from June 1988 when Washington enacted the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act that turned […]

Medicare not good enough for Congressmen

In a glaring example of Congressional hypocrisy, federal lawmakers are working to ensure that when they retire they won’t have to live under the Medicare drug reforms they’re attempting to enact for mere commoners. The House recently passed legislation to guarantee that federal retirees — future retired members of Congress included — receive comparable health […]

Q&A — Albert Kwan

Dr. Albert M. Kwan of Clovis was recently elected to the board of directors for the New Mexico Medical Review Association. Q: What is the purpose or goal of the New Mexico Medical Review Association? A: Its goal is to improve the quality of care in the state. We mostly look at Medicare and Medicaid […]

High court ends retirees’ quest for free care

By Tom Philpott A seven-year court challenge by elderly military retirees, who say the government reneged on promises of free lifetime health care, came to an end June 2 when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear their appeal. In refusing to accept the case for review, the justices let stand a 2002 decision by […]