Allen Buckley on Health Care
2004 former Libertarian Senate challenger (GA)
A: While Medicare needs to be preserved, Medicare benefits need to be cut. One possible solution would be to make Part B more of a 50/50 program (e.g. eliminate the deductible and premiums and have half of all services paid by beneficiaries), while eliminating the Part A deductible ($1,024 for 2008) and adding twenty percent (20%) coinsurance to Part A.
Any surplus assets of Part A should be invested in stocks and bonds, similar to the Social Security surplus assets. These changes could be phased-in over a period of five (5) to ten (10) years.
Another option would be to hold the Medicare percentage of the budget or GDP constant, while adjusting deductibles, premiums and coinsurance accordingly.
A: For prescription drugs, all except the catastrophic coverage piece of Medicare Part D should be repealed, and the government should negotiate with the drug companies for group discounts for seniors. (According to a January 2008 study published on the Annals of Internal Medicine website, Medicare Part D’s prescription drug benefit led to only a seventeen percent (17%) reduction in out-of-pocket costs for 2006.)
A: I advocate a national referendum, to let the people decide whether (a) the system should remain in tact with current tax increases, or (b) benefits should be cut.
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