Debunking The Republican Lies – The Obamacare and Medicare Part D Extensions – ‘ The Remarkable Parallels Between Obamacare And George W. Bush’s Medicare Part D’
And to REALLY understand the difference between a Republican and a Democrat, read at the bottom.
THe Bush Administration on Medicare Part D :
‘The administration ultimately decided to use executive authority to waive some of the penalties’
‘With pressure mounting to extend next Monday’s enrollment deadline for the Medicare prescription-drug benefit, the Bush administration took another small step in that direction Tuesday, waiving penalty fees for very low-income seniors and people with disabilities who sign up late’.
‘The program was smaller in scope than the Affordable Care Act, of course. But a Congressional Research Service report on the implementation of Medicare Part D dated Feb. 6, 2006, shows remarkable similarities’.
‘The rollout was rocky’
‘Despite considerable efforts by CMS to establish a smooth implementation to the new Part D benefit, the program experienced a number of problems during the initial days of operation’.
‘The administration took executive action to extend deadlines’
‘Generally, a 30-day minimum period was established. Following the implementation of the drug benefit, in February 2006, the Secretary of HHS extended the transition period for an additional 60 days, establishing a 90-day transition period’.
‘There was concern and criticism, primarily from the opposing party, about the rate of sign-ups’
‘DAN MENDELSON, President, Avalere Health’:
“Well, there are about 43 million Medicare beneficiaries. And according to our research, about 16 million actually needed to go out and do as Secretary Leavitt suggested, figure out which plan to go into and sign up. And it appears that about 10 million have and about 6 million haven’t”.
‘RON POLLACK, Executive Director, Families USA’ :
“Millions of Medicare beneficiaries must sign up for the Part D program by midnight tonight or face significant, lifelong premium penalties should they decide at a later date they would like to purchase prescription drug coverage. As of late April, however, only 8.1 million people had chosen to enroll in a stand-alone prescription drug plan”.
“It’s obvious why so few individuals have managed to meet the deadline. The new prescription drug program has been beset by implementation problems. Low-income people who previously had Medicaid coverage for prescription drugs are paying more for skimpier coverage and often getting lost in the system”.
‘There were horrific poll numbers’
‘Part D was even less liked: 21 percent of the public had a favorable opinion of the program in April 2005 compared to 35 percent in April 2013 for the Affordable Care Act’.
‘Senators urged the Secretary of Health and Human Services to extend a deadline
‘Today, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME), both members of the Senate Finance Committee, urged Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Michael Leavitt to support an extension without penalty of the enrollment period for those seniors signing up for the Medicare Drug Benefit through December 31st of this year’.
‘Democratic-leaning states helped cover the costs of prescription drugs’
‘Via the CRS Report’:
‘In addition, as of January 24, 2006, 25 states and the District of Columbia had decided to step in temporarily and pay for drugs for dual eligibles who would otherwise have a gap in coverage due to transition policy problems. The federal government will reimburse states for these costs’.
‘And Democratic lawmakers who voted against the bill went on to help with its implementation’
‘From then-Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.)’:
“I voted against it, but once it passed I certainly determined that I would try to do everything I could to make sure that New Yorkers understood it, could access it, and make the best of it.”
‘And from then-Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Select Committee on Aging, at a hearing on Feb. 2, 2006′:
“We need to put aside any partisan thoughts to work together to get this program running so that seniors are better off than they were before we passed the drug benefit. I do not believe we are there at this time.”
- Show me just 1 Republican that has said anything like that.