Unfortunately, it’s for Medicare.(from the article)
WASHINGTON – The Bush administration will give “50,000 lucky individuals” chosen in a lottery up to a 16-month jump on Medicare prescription drug coverage, paying for costly medications for cancer and other illnesses this year
That doesn’t sound so bad until you realize that no one else will get those benefits until 2006.
Wendy Selig, vice president for legislative affairs for the American Cancer Society (news – web sites), said some coverage is better than none. “It’s clearly not going to meet the needs of every person who may be eligible. Then again, Congress didn’t give them the authority to go out and do that so we can’t hold them responsible,” she said, referring to Medicare.
The American Society for Clinical Oncology, an organization of cancer doctors, has said that because of the limits, the program “will have a minimal impact on people with cancer” until 2006.
What’s the Bush Administration’s response? Boo-fucking-hoo. Or to be exact:
“Only a cynical pessimist can look at a doughnut and complain about the hole.” – Tommy Thompson (Secretary of Health and Human Services)