Congressman Peter Roskam on Medicare Part D — a Heartland Institute Event
On May 29, 2013, Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) spoke at a Heartland Institute event at the Union League Club in Chicago about the threats to Medicare Part D and the state of health care in America. Part D has proven that a modernized system -- one that funds prescription drugs, focusing on the neediest seniors, and avoiding price controls on prescription drugs -- can bend the cost curve down AND provide quality patient service.
Today, Part D is one of the rare entitlement programs that targets the truly needy and costs less than what was originally budgeted, and that cost doesn’t even include an offset for expenses involving surgery and hospitalization avoided by the availability of drugs.
Unfortunately, some groups continue to agitate against Part D’s effective approach, as The Hill reports. Instead of allowing market forces to determine drug prices, these groups want to put government in the driver’s seat, raising the real potential for Washington rationing drugs for Medicare patients. This was exactly the circumstance Part D was created to avoid.
Watch Rep. Roskam's speech below: