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  •  Can you hear that sucking sound? (0+ / 0-)

    That is the sound of medicare part d. VA pays about half of what medicare part d pays for drugs because they can negotiate the prices.
    Medicare part d is a program with a projected cost of a triljon over 10 years that mostly benefits big pharma.
    So yes,  you don't need a magic wand to make cuts in social programs without cutting benefits.

    •  So... (0+ / 0-)

      what you're suggesting is that Obama is going to make it so Medicare can negotiate drug prices, and, as a result this will equate to savings?

      That's all?  

      Crap!  I was worried for nothing!  Indeed, this is FANTASTIC news!  I was concerned Obama's intent might somehow (I know this sounds weird) have something to do with his Deficit Commission he created via Executive Order and then gave the co-chair to Alan Simpson.

      Silly me.

      Hey... maybe Obama could accomplish some Welfare Reform - like Clinton?

      How about some more Free Trade Job Off-shoring (yes, yes, I know he already did S. Korea, Panama, and Columbia but there's the Trans Pacific Partnership waiting!)

      Well.. get ready... we'll see how things play out.  Who knows?  Maybe Obama will do a 180 and we'll finally have a champion in the WH for the 99%.

      Miss Garnett, I love you. God speed and thank you for blessing me with your companionship for almost 17 years.

      by Johnathan Ivan on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 04:29:20 PM PST

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