LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Support retirees: safeguard Social Security and Medicare

By Carole Alvey | Published Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Everyone should urge Congress to safeguard Social Security and Medicare during the present negotiations on the 2014 federal budget, and Congress should pass the Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act of 2013.

The bills in the Senate (S.117) and in the House (H.R.1102) would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to negotiate with pharmaceutical manufacturers the prices that may be charged to Medicare Part D prescription drug plan sponsors and Medicare Advantage organizations for covered Part D drugs. Medicare would save up to $156 billion over 10 years while reducing health care costs of seniors.

Congress should also pass The Preserve Access to Affordable Generics Act (S.214), which would help put an end to the practice of brand-name drug manufacturers using pay-for-delay agreements to keep more affordable generic equivalents off the market and help make sure consumers have access to the cost-saving generic drugs they need.

Also, our elected representatives need to re-introduce and pass the Pharmaceutical Market Access and Drug Safety Act of 2011 or a similar bill that would allow U.S.-licensed pharmacies and drug wholesalers to import Federal Drug Administration-approved medications from countries with tough safety standards.

To learn more about the importance of protecting Social Security and Medicare and reducing the cost of prescription drugs, read the National Retiree Legislative Network’s whitepapers at www.nrln.org/_pvtflyin.html or contact the NRLN at contact@nrln.org or toll free at 866-360-7197.

Sincerely,

Carole Alvey
Newark

2 Responses to “Support retirees: safeguard Social Security and Medicare”

  1. Nolan Warner says:

    All good suggestions!!

  2. Rusty White says:

    Carole,

    Well said and nothing but the truth! There was a time when SSN was safe and sound making “millions” in interest, FACT! Then these thieving parasite in “BOTH” parties started robbing us blind, now they have the Gaul and audacity to “try” and claim it is going broke, and put on the checks it is an “entitlement”!!!
    I CALL BS!

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