3M seniors may lose their drug coverage

The government wants to simplify our lives by eliminating those pesky choices:

More than 3 million seniors may have to switch their Medicare prescription plan next year, even if they’re perfectly happy with it, thanks to an attempt by the government to simplify their lives.

The policy change could turn into a hassle for seniors who hadn’t intended to switch plans during Medicare’s open enrollment season this fall.

And it risks undercutting President Barack Obama’s promise that people who like their health care plans can keep them.

A new analysis by a leading private research firm estimates that more than 3 million beneficiaries will see their current drug plan eliminated as Medicare tries to winnow down duplicative and confusing coverage, in order to offer consumers more meaningful choices. Instead of 40 or more plans in each state, beneficiaries would pick from 30 or so.

“Risks undercutting” is a terrific understatement. “Once again exposes as a lie” would be more apt.

“If you like your health care, you keep it.” I guess they thought that had a better ring than, “If you like your health care, we’ll give you something that we think is probably just about as good.”

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