Friday, November 03, 2006

How can $4 prescriptions be a bad thing? Just wait.

In case you missed it in the run-up to the midterm elections, a tremendous example of the consumer benefits of free market enterprise is at hand. While it’s possible that you may NOT have heard about it, a better guess is that most folks simply haven’t heard ENOUGH news about it -- in sufficient amounts and in several formats and venues -- for it to truly register.

Lukewarm news reports have been circulating since September about one of the most profound events in recent memory regarding national healthcare debate: Wal-mart has entered the generic drug supply business.

Almost immediately, competitors joined the fray, bringing not only more outlets for such products, but C-O-M-P-E-T-I-T-I-O-N to Wal-Mart’s gambit.

The reason you haven’t heard more about it is that opponents of the free market, American consumerism, and the usual lineup of self-appointed Big Government healthcare advocacy groups, special interests and the usual cabal of Wal-Mart haters (labor unions, Democrats, AARP, etc.), haven’t yet devised a response. But rest assured, after the distraction of the election is over and there’s more time to devise a campaign against it, you’ll start seeing more news coverage.

Then it will be a bad thing.

Take for example, the whole Medicare Part D Coverage advocated by President Bush and signed into law. Remember how much effort was put into defeating it (which didn’t work)?

Why would anybody who proports to be a big advocate of such entitlements work against something like this? OK, not to your liking... change it or add to it (if you can) later. Is it not important that at least some of our Medicare recipients get additional coverage? Must we wait until all get blanket coverage or nothing until then?

Sounds like either someone's afraid the pricetag will get noticed by somebody.

Recall all the media coverage about the program’s deficiencies, its registration complexities and confusion, and the looming reasons why recipients should think twice about signing up for it?
Since when has the Party of FDR or the news media EVER seen an entitlement program that they DIDN’T like?

This is the first one that I can remember EVER in my lifetime. (I’m in my 40s) Even though it helps an additional amount of people who aren’t already receiving benefits, if it’s not totally 100% free healthcare, it’s not a good thing. Wouldn’t you think that if this party really cared about people, if the program helped even one old person with their drugs, that the Dems would support it?

I guess the message is if the Donkeys didn’t give it to you, it’s not a good thing.

The pre-election Democrat Party funded ad campaign run in selected tightly contested districts about the poor old lady who attempts to pay for her prescriptions only to be informed by the kindly and caring pharmacist that she’s fallen into the dreaded gap of “Medicare Part D coverage.” HORRORS!

And what’s worse, “President Bush and his allies” made sure that Congress couldn’t negotiate with “Big Drug Companies” for lower costs. What can the old woman do? “There’s nothing you can do about it, . . . except vote for change in November.”

Nowhere is it mentioned, of course, that this little bennie alone will cost taxpayers $400 Billion (with a B) over 10 years. Still Not Enough.

Doensn't mention that without Medicare Part D she wouldn’t have had the prescription coverage in the first place and whatever she’s saved to date is money she didn’t have to spend.
Still Not Enough.

You see? $4 perscriptions aren't a very good thing after all.