The reaction from one insurance company spokesperson to widespread reports of problems?
Thomas T. Noland Jr., a spokesman for Humana Inc., a major national insurer, said that some problems were “to be expected in a new program with lots of new enrollment taking effect all at once.”
Yeah, o.k., I feel better now – it is clear that the Republican’s cherished and efficient private sector takes our healthcare ever so seriously – NOT. Are any of these companies going to lose their contracts as a result of this? Are any executives going to be required to commit corporate hari-kari? Not likely. How about any of the folks in the Bush Administration responsible for overseeing the implementation of this program? I doubt it.
More deadly incompetence from our nation’s “leaders” in the executive branch.
States Intervene After Drug Plan Hits Snags
By ROBERT PEAR
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 – Low-income Medicare beneficiaries around the
country were often overcharged, and some were turned away from
pharmacies without getting their medications, in the first week of
Medicare’s new drug benefit. The problems have prompted emergency
action by some states to protect their citizens.
At least four states – Maine, New Hampshire, North Dakota and
Vermont – acted this week to make sure poor people received the
drugs they were promised but could not obtain through the federal