"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Chillicothe Gazette - www.chillicothegazette.com - Chillicothe, OH

Chillicothe Gazette - www.chillicothegazette.com - Chillicothe, OH: "Early glitches show in drug plan"

"Confusion over the new Medicare prescription drug benefit left at least one Ross County man without much-needed medication for two days - a problem that has been shared by several seniors nationwide."

Worst case scenario - "Nationwide, tens of thousands of elderly people - particularly those with lower incomes - may have had trouble getting their medicine during the first two weeks of the government's prescription drug benefit, and about 20 states have been forced to step in to help them, the top Medicare official acknowledges."

The first paragraph is the reality thus far, and of course the following paragraph has to be included. I cannot fathom the logisitics of a move like this. Hopefully one would take pause before rushing to a "national" healthcare system, especially with the many examples of nations with them. If nothing else, learn from their mistakes rather than just think we would do better.

"We are pleased with the successes of the program and are working with (the Health and Human Services Department) to resolve the problems, which will naturally occur when implementing a program of this magnitude," spokeswoman for Bill Frist Amy Call. "But at the end of the day seniors will have better access to prescription drugs."

We tend never to see that which is successful, only failures. Instead the media really should ty to concentrate more on what has succeeded. This makes it all the easier to identify where fixes to a system/process should be made.


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