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..::: JUNE 16, 2003

Americans for Free Choice in Medicine (AFCM) on Medicare Reform

NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA—On the brink of the biggest expansion of Medicare in its 38-year history, Americans for Free Choice in Medicine (AFCM), a non-profit patient education organization, warned that older patients will suffer under the proposed changes.

"The ideas in the proposed Medicare reform bills are based on government control," explained Richard E. Ralston, AFCM's executive director. "It's an attempt by the government to control health care costs by restricting medical treatment for the oldest Americans under the guise of prescription drug coverage. Patients have the right to choose and purchase the drugs they need in consultation with their doctors."

Citing Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis of the Bush-backed Medicare reforms, which estimates that many employers will drop their retired employees' drug coverage, Ralston pointed out that the medical profession will be deeply hurt by the changes.

"Pharmaceutical firms are one of the primary reasons why the United States has the best health care in the world," Ralston declared. "Their ability to research and produce the best drugs for treatment of catastrophic diseases will be seriously inhibited if the President signs Medicare reform. There will be practically no incentive for drug companies to produce drugs for older Americans."

Americans for Free Choice in Medicine, (AFCM), founded in 1993, is America's only grass-roots educational organization based on individual rights, personal responsibility and free market ideas in medicine.

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