Jason Altmire: Undone by Michael Barone
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: http://www.usnews.com/usnews/opinion/baroneblog/archives/061127/medicare_part_d.htm
Barone is co-editor of the irreplacable Almanac of American Politics and a senior editor at U.S. News.
More later . . .