Obama’s Budget Proposal – Means Or Income Testsing For Medicare Drug Benefits

Well so much for universal health care – take from one group to give to another? How is that “Universal”?

From the Washington Post;

“Obama’s proposal for Medicare means testing has received surprisingly little attention so far. The debate over an income scale was especially heated when Congress created the Medicare drug benefit, known as Part D, during President George W. Bush’s first term. As a senator, Obama voted against a Medicare means-testing proposal in March 2007.

But times have changed, said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), who also voted no two years ago. The growing consensus among Democrats that health-care costs must be contained, and that coverage must be expanded to everyone, has redrawn the battle lines. “In the past, we’ve dealt with Part D on its own, and that tends to be polarizing. So the thought here is, that’s much less likely if people think we’re all in this together,” Baucus said. “


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