Higher premiums are a big concern for most Part D beneficiaries. According to the Medicare Today poll, 84 percent of enrollees were worried that a Part D restructuring would increase their out-of-pocket drug costs, while 53 percent were afraid it would cause them to cut back or stop taking their medicines altogether.
Government health programs are still in serious need of comprehensive reform. Unfortunately, the president continues to attack the very part of the system that's most financially sound. Changes to Medicare Part D will raise only minimal revenue — and at the expense of America's seniors.
Pitts is president of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest.