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..::: SEPTEMBER 9, 2003

Grass-Roots Organization: Medicare Expansion Is Wrong

NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA—With the Medicare prescription drug plan for seniors being pieced together in a Congressional conference committee, the grass-roots Americans for Free Choice In Medicine (AFCM) challenged the notion that seniors need drug subsidies—or that the state has the moral right to impose them.

"According to those who favor Medicare drug subsidies, retired Americans can't afford prescription drugs. Yet today's seniors are among the richest generations of older humans in history," Richard E. Ralston, AFCM's executive director, insisted in an op-ed.

"There’s no doubt drug costs are rising," Ralston acknowledged. "but where is the evidence that most seniors have to choose between drugs and dinner?"

Ralston argued that Congress and the White House ought to embrace the concept of choice in medicine and kill any attempt to expand Medicare.

"The fact that some people have a tough time paying for drugs does not make it right for the government to force everyone to use and pay for government-run health care. Someone's need is not a claim on everyone else's income," he explained.

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

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