The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Prescription card for seniors

Jul 16, 2001

With great fanfare, President Bush announced a prescription drug plan for the more than 13 million seniors who have no prescription drug coverage.

There are a few catches, however. The new card will cost seniors $25 to enroll. No pharmacy or drug manufacturer is required to give a discount. Nor is there any proposal to prevent the pharmacy chains and drug manufacturers from raising their prices before they give you a discount. Finally, the whole system runs through Medicare, the agency whose forms already are so incomprehensible they make you sick.

This discount card – is it a method to assist seniors with their prescription drug costs? – of just an attempt to boost Bush’s standing in the polls?