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Congresswoman criticises US drug plan for elderly people

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 08 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1352
  1. Janice Tanne
  1. New York

    Plan D, the US Medicare drug plan that requires elderly people to sign up for a drug benefit, has been given a D for failure by a US Congressional representative in the New England Journal of Medicine (2006;354:2314-5). It “works better for the pharmaceutical and insurance industries than for beneficiaries,” she says.

    Writing in a commentary, Congressional Representative Louise Slaughter of New York state, a Democrat and a microbiologist with a master's degree in public health, called Plan D “the worst abuse of the legislative process I have seen during my 20 years in Congress.”

    Medicare's Plan D required all people older than 65 years to sign up for one of a confusing number of plans that offered …

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