Medicare in peril


Re Jason Hoyt’s April 2 Other Views article, Rubio must protect seniors from Medicare Part D rebates: Hoyt does a good job of summarizing how Medicare prescription coverage has offered drugs at a comparatively reasonable cost because of its use of competition among drug firms. (Competition would be even more effective without Medicare.)

He also describes why those in the Obama administration who hate private enterprise and private choices are trying to replace it with government controls, not caring that they will make the drugs more expensive.

But why single out Sen. Marco Rubio as the only one who can stop this foolishness? Why not Sen. Bill Nelson? Why not those Democrats who actually control the Senate? Why not President Obama? Why do some of those who identify themselves with the term “tea party” place a higher priority on punishing their friends than on resisting those who want to eliminate what freedom we have left?

Richard E. Ralston, executive director, Americans for Free Choice in Medicine, Newport Beach Calif.

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