Cut Medicare costs with prescription drug deal

December 5, 2013 

After months of falsely accusing President Obama of cutting $716 billion from Medicare during the 2012 campaign, how ironic that those same critics in Congress are now demanding cuts in Medicare in the name of deficit reduction.

In poll after poll, an overwhelming majority of Americans have told Congress that cuts to Social Security and Medicare benefits are unacceptable, but the message falls on deaf ears.

Yes, the national debt must be reduced, but not by cutting benefits for the elderly. Millions of them live on an average of $14,000 per year from Social Security.

If cutting health care costs in Medicare is the goal, let's start by giving Medicare the authority to negotiate prices for prescription drugs. This would result in billions saved for seniors as well as the government.

David Marcado

Bradenton

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