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I have a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester (English and American Literature). I taught for 10 years at various educational institutions (Univ. of Rochester, my alma mater, College of William and Mary, and University of Georgia, where I was also Asst. Ed. of the Georgia Review. Later, I worked as a speechwriter and "thinker" at various large companies, including Phillips Petroleum, Gulf Oil, Aetna, Merck (consultant), and Eli Lilly (consultant), among many others. I'm a full-time writer and political commentator/analyst. Favorite company: AudioTech Business Books. Favorite female: my wife, Patricia Ann Maloney. Favorite politcal candidate: Diana Lynn Irey (PA's 12th congressional district)

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Jason Altmire: Undone by Michael Barone

In reading the wonderful, I came upon the equally wonderful Michael Barone, writing about Medicare Plan D. As readers of this blog -- all 29 of you currently -- I've been attacking Jason Altmire and his fellow Democrats who don't understand Plan D and thus keep misrepresenting it.

In his summary, Barone says: "Sunday's Washington Post had an excellent front-page story on Medicare Part D, the new Medicare prescription drug benefit. Part D, which took effect at the beginning of this year, seems to have been a success."

Barone continues, "Some 22.5 million seniors have enrolled, and the cost–$26 billion–has turned out to be lower than projected. And 'Medicare has received new bids indicating that its average per-person subsidy could drop by 15 percent in 2007, to $79.90 a month.' Polls indicate that about 80 percent of enrollees are satisfied with the program."

What does Plan D critic Jason Altmire think about that? In fact, what does Jason Altmire think about anything other than his tee-time this Saturday?

I've detailed how my wife and I are saving thousands of dollars each year in our use of Plan D. The average individual senior involved in the progam is saving more than $1,000 annually -- or $2,000 for a couple.

Increasingly, Democratic politics -- on health care, on Iraq, on taxation, on economic development -- comes to resemble a virtual reality that bears no relation to the world most of us inhabit. Most of the "problems" Democrats rail about are solving themselves with a good dose of private enterprise, coupled with well-targeted governmental involvement.

To read all of Barone's excellent article, go to:

Barone is co-editor of the irreplacable Almanac of American Politics and a senior editor at U.S. News.

More later . . .


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