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Confusing plan

December 31, 2005

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To the editor:

In a recent speech, our president said he wanted to set an agenda that "everyone could understand."

I immediately thought of Medicare Plan D, which is still bombarding us seniors on TV, in our mailboxes, and in local programs by interest organizations.

The people who thought of 42-plus different plans for one solution to our prescription drug problem must not be senior citizens. They devoted many hours to the task, I assume, but ended up just confusing the senior citizens of our country. The insurance companies must be elated.

There are many, many seniors struggling to decipher all the features of this plan. Many are alone. Others are uneducated and finding it impossible to follow all the requirements in the forms. Others are educated but, as seniors, not as alert and capable of figuring out details as they once were.

With all the complicated instructions in "the plan" I'm sure many other citizens will find it frustrating to reach a decision on the best plan for them.

I assume that the creators of "Plan D" are hoping that seniors will give up in frustration and have to go without their necessary medications. Heaven forbid!

Vera De Mott,

Lawrence

Comments

Ragingbear 8 years, 11 months ago

Yeah, as of December 20th, the central Medicare offices still didn't know the answers to my questions. And I still haven't recieved my card for my new provider. My prescriptions run out on the 3rd.

Jamesaust 8 years, 11 months ago

"that seniors will give up in frustration and have to go without their necessary medications."

The monstrosity of this 'plan' was that not 3 out of 100 seniors went "without their necessary medications" to begin with - a problem easily solved with a small effort. That however would leave 97 out of 100 seniors getting nothing (or more accurately, getting nothing MORE).

When the history is written on how the American Republic collapsed into economic oblivion, no doubt a whole chapter will be written on the flaw in democracy whereby political groups vote themselves goodies at other's expense, even while in full knowledge that the program would not - COULD NOT - deliver in the end. The only confusion here is predicting in which future year this 'plan' will have to be abandoned. I'm guessing 2017.

Ember 8 years, 11 months ago

I have alwasy thought that the people that makes these volumes of paperwork should be forced to fill them out in Arabic, since that is about how confusing they are to the average person.

Freakin thing needs Cliff Notes, or something.

DuQuesne 8 years, 11 months ago

I still say this Bush nut job sounds like a kid who just learnt hisself a new word and is struggling to find a way to use it in a sentence. I mean, really . . .

-Schuyler DuQuesne

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