Re "Don't replace Medicare -- just fix its excesses" (Editorials, March 8): I was surprised to notice the editorial ignored successes of Medicare Part D. Part D is estimated to cost $334 billion, 43 percent less than projected for the initial 2004-13 period, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The CBO's Part D 10-year projection was reduced by more than $100 billion in 2011 and again in 2012.
Medicare Today's survey last October said 90 percent of seniors expressed satisfaction with Part D. Name another government program receiving as much approval and saving money.
Little savings would be realized by repealing the non-interference clause, alluded to by the authors, which would result in reduced formularies and restricting access to medications. Current proposals do not define negotiation and would lead to government price-fixing. Price negotiations and rebate cost-shifting would restrict access and dismantle a successful government program, hurting those relying on it most.
-- John Kehoe, Sacramento
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