Sunday, June 25, 2006

Medicare Doughnut Hole

Here's why we should have publicly funded elections:
"From $2,250 to $5,100, the plan pays zero," said Mike Fierberg, a regional spokesman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

"The beneficiary pays 100 percent," Fierberg said. "That's what's called the doughnut hole."

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Congress intentionally created the coverage gap, said Vicki Gottlich, a senior policy attorney with the Center for Medicare Advocacy.

"Congress wanted to fund catastrophic needs and make sure everybody got something," Gottlich said.

"The only way they could do that for the amount of money they intended to allocate was to create the doughnut hole," she said.

The rich people who run our government at the bidding of their corporate beneficiaries don't seem to understand that for most Americans, a $2,250 to $5,100 a year medical bill is a catastrophe.

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