John Kerry Has a Plan To Protect And Strengthen Medicare
John Kerry and John Edwards understand that Medicare and Social Security are important commitments to America's seniors. These programs ensure that America's elderly have access to affordable, quality, and reliable health care. John Kerry and John Edwards will work to protect and strengthen Medicare and Social Security. They will also fight to provide a real prescription drug benefit that ensures access to affordable drugs for America's seniors.
A Plan to Strengthen Medicare
- Create a Real Medicare Drug Benefit. George Bush passed a Medicare prescription drug bill that did nothing to stop soaring prescription drugs costs. John Kerry and John Edwards support a real, meaningful affordable drug benefit that doesn't force seniors into HMOs, is run by Medicare instead of private insurance companies that charge seniors whatever they want, and provides real relief to every senior no matter where they live.
- Ensure Access To Affordable Prescription Drugs. The Kerry-Edwards plan will cut prescription drugs costs by (1) requiring the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate better prices for prescription drugs, rather than paying the highest prices, (2) allowing reimportation of safe, FDA-approved drugs so that Americans can get the discounts on medications that are available in Canada and other countries, (3) requiring transparency rules for Pharmacy Benefit Managers that do business with the Federal government to reveal their profits from the drug industry and bulk purchasing, and (4) helping states provide discounts to other populations by giving them incentives to implement more efficient contracting to obtain better rates for prescription drugs.
- Give Seniors Quality Options To Address Their Long-Term Care Needs. The Kerry-Edwards plan will ensure that seniors living in nursing homes receive quality care through adequate inspections and better training for health care workers. Their plan will also protect Medicaid from politicians who want to block grant the program, which would threaten access to the services seniors needs. Their plan will give seniors more options by allowing Medicaid to pay for alternative care options, which would allow more Americans to live comfortably in their homes with the freedom they want. Finally, the Kerry-Edwards plan will support caregivers (both paid and unpaid, formal and informal) who provide the bulk of the support for those with long-term care needs.
The Blog Marketing Explosion
There are literally thousands of blogs by eBusiness insiders. This has changed the landscape of guerrilla marketing. At first it was seen as just something cool to do, but blogs are now being used to build personal and corporate credibility that will eventually attract customers, writes Rich Ord
, CEO of iEntry.
Blogs are a goldmine of formerly hard to get insight from CEO's, marketing gurus and others who never used to have a public forum. These business leaders are utilizing the Internet to convey their personal thoughts on happenings in their industry and life. They are blogging for the same reasons they do public speaking, to build credibility for themselves and their companies. Blogging has become a new … less time consuming and less expensive way to reach potential and current customers.
Internet Explorer Vs. Firefox
The world of Web browsing is changing. Microsoft's
browser Internet Explorer has been the de facto standard for Internet users since the late '90s, when Redmond quashed Netscape
. Now Microsoft seems to have a real competitor, Firefox
. The Mozilla Foundation
open source project, funded by Time Warner
and Sun Microsystems
, launched Firefox version 0.9 on June 15. Firefox 1.0 is due out by early November. Internet users began switching during the summer after several security problems emerged with IE, which of course is built into Microsoft's ubiquitous Windows operating system. Starting this summer Firefox was getting between 200,000 and 300,000 downloads a day. Mozilla and Firefox browsers may have a total of about 25 million users. Firefox is lauded by fans for its download speed and a superior user interface, and users say that its pop-up blocker is one of the best out there. It offers tabbed browsing, which means that users can jump back and forth between different sites with only one window open, and live bookmarks, which show users the most recent headlines on their favorite sites and lets them go directly to those articles. The biggest challenge facing anyone who wants to take on IE is that most Web sites are built to work best with Microsoft's IE simply because it's what sits on most PCs. That means some sites may not look quite right or may not be accessible at all via a browser other than IE. It's good news for Firefox and its fans that developers' attitudes are changing, but reversing Microsoft's dominance remains a long shot. Both browsers have had security problems and issued patches, and each has other pros and cons.