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    SouthernLiberalinMD

    what you point out is a long-term problem, and Medicare D (D for Deficit? Debt?) was truly ridiculous.  Thank you Billy Tauzin, GWB and the GOP Congress.

    That said, Obama's problem is that, AFAIK, he never even proposed revamping Medicare D -- for example, to allow the .gov to negotiate prescription drug prices.  And that's because he made a temporarily-secret deal with Big Pharma that if they didn't oppose what became the ACA, he wouldn't push for that.

    Which, in my book, is a failure of leadership.

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