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.