..::: NEWS RELEASE
..::: NOVEMBER 19, 2003
AFCM: Pill Bill Is Rotten
NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIAAmericans concerned about the cost of their drugs and
their own health need to reject the current Medicare reform plan,
according to Americans for Free Choice in Medicine.
"What the government really needs to expand is not
government, but freedom," states Richard E. Ralston, AFCM's executive
director, in an op-ed released today. "There is one minor feature of the
bill that would help seniors pay for their prescriptions: tax-free
Health Savings Accounts. But this single feature is not nearly enough to
make the legislation palatable."
Ralston ridiculed the conference committee
compromise, including congressional Republicans' insistence that the
bill enhances patient choice.
"So-called competition will be available temporarily
in only six cities during a six year test period beginning seven years
from now (2010)," Ralston points out. "Whatever else, that's NOT
Americans for Free Choice in Medicine, (AFCM),
founded in 1993, publishes a consumer's guide and tutorial to MSAs on
its Web site and it is the nation's only educational organization based
on individual rights, personal responsibility and free market ideas in
medicine. Visit AFCM's Web site at www.afcm.org
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