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Employers Can Get Medicare Subsidies for Lower Benefits

Robert Pear | Washington | January 31

NYT – The Bush administration has touched off a furious debate with new rules allowing employers to collect billions of dollars in federal subsidies for prescription drug benefits less generous than what many retirees were expecting under the new Medicare law.

In theory, those retiree benefits should be at least equal in value to the new Medicare drug benefit. But that will not always be the case, according to Medicare officials, labor unions and specialists in employee benefits.

7 comments to Employers Can Get Medicare Subsidies for Lower Benefits

  • Anonymous

    Do we have to bend over?

  • Anonymous

    it says that while employers get to deduct the full cost of providing the benefit, recipients recieve half or less of the coverage they would recieve under medicare if they did not recieve the coverage from their employer. It ammounts to a deduction for employers while the balance is unnecessarily paid by the recipient. Truth must begin to be a paramount concept in acessing political moral values. When something costs more out of pocket than without it, I can’t honestly say that is a benefit. Creative deceptive language used to promote programs or legislation with effects that do not reflect the advertised result are very simply LIES.

  • Anonymous

    of how the profit motive model does not belong in medicine, how it simply does not and never will work that well. Because one side is not a “free” market: you’re not really “free” to make wise financial decisions when you are dependent upon corporations for the medicine you might need to live. Ya sure, some companies care about keeping their employees healthy, and others care about other things, like cutting costs, in this case, getting involved in what medicine you get.

    (With the basic necessities of current life, i.e., police, roads, utilities, health, there really is no better alternative to having government involved, faulty as it may be. ‘Freepers’ are ridiculous on this point. Most people get it: it’s why people banded together in communities and made governments in the first place. Why, it’s none other than: civilization! Most ‘free market” solutions just seem to mess it up worse.)

  • Anonymous

    NATIONAL | February 2, 2005    
    Health Secretary Calls for Medicaid Changes
    By ROBERT PEAR   (NYT)   News  

     http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/02/national/02health.html

  • Anonymous

    NATIONAL | February 2, 2005    
    Dispute Over Medicare Plan to Cover Erectile Treatments
    By ROBERT PEAR   (NYT)   News  

    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/02/national/02viagra.html

  • Anonymous

    BUSINESS | February 2, 2005    
    Study Ties Bankruptcy to Medical Bills
    By REED ABELSON   (NYT)   News  

    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/02/business/02insure.html

    Chart: Getting Sick, Going Broke

    http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2005/02/01/business/insure.gif

  • Anonymous

    …some of the spokesmen went off half-cocked.

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