AFP to TX Delegation: Oppose Medicare Part D Rebate Proposals
Dont' tax Texas seniors to fuel higher levels of federal spending, says group in letter.
AUSTIN, TX—The Texas chapter of Americans for Prosperity (AFP-TX), the nation’s premier free market grassroots organization, sent a letter to the Texas delegation of the U.S. Congress opposing Medicaid Part D rebate proposals. AFP-TX urges federal lawmakers from Texas to oppose President Obama’s attempt to raid Medicare Part D in order to pay for higher levels of federal stimulus spending.
“President Obama's rebate proposal would use the Medicare prescription drug benefit for seniors as a piggy bank in order to pay for higher stimulus spending,” said AFP-TX Policy Director Peggy Venable. “This plan will dramatically distort the drug market. Drug companies will respond by embedding the tax in the price of their drugs, meaning that Texas seniors will pay more for prescriptions.”
Created in 2006, Medicare Part D provides prescription drug coverage for Medicare beneficiaries. The program has successfully used market mechanisms, such as competition and choice, to improve access and control costs, making it an anomaly among government programs. Beginning with his State of the Union in January, President Obama is promoting a proposal that taxes the Medicare Part D programs in order to pay for higher levels of spending in other areas of government.
“Clearly President Obama is attempting to turn Medicare Part D into its poorly-performing sister, Medicare with these effective price controls,” continued Venable. “Over 117,000 AFP Activists live in Texas, and they are opposed to higher health care costs and more stimulus spending. Our federal lawmakers should oppose this plan.”
Currently, there is legislation sitting in Congress that carries out the President’s proposal, the Medicare Drug Savings Act of 2013 (S. 740, H.R.1588), sponsored by Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA).
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