Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Sweeney's Weak Response

More contrasts: Gillibrand wants to let the goverment to do what any business could - negotiate for bulk purchases to bring drug costs down for seniors. Sweeney said like Gillibrand he's behind extending the deadline for seniors. But he's not fixing the flaws that made "Medicare Reform" a give-away to drug companies that supported his campaign. Sweeney's taken over $25,000 from big pharma companies and supports bills that favor them not us.

This is another one where you're too little, too late and too bad, Mr. "Representative"

From the Post Star on 5/16/06

Democratic congressional candidate Kirsten Gillibrand on Monday called for changes to the Medicare prescription drug benefit for senior citizens. The federal government should be allowed to negotiate prescription prices directly with drug companies, as the government already does with prescriptions for veterans, she said. "There's already a fairly good model," Gillibrand said in a telephone interview. Gillibrand also called for allowing drugs to be reimported from Canada and for reducing out of pocket expenses for recipients. "We should really change the plan. It needs to be revised and reformed," she said. Earlier on Monday Gillibrand held a press conference on the issue at a senior citizen's center in Ghent, in Columbia County. Monday was the deadline for senior citizens to enroll in the program without penalties. Gillibrand said the dealine should be extended to December 31. Gillibrand is one of four candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. John Sweeney, R-Clifton Park. In a press release last week Sweeney's office said the congressman cosponsored legislation to extend the May 15 deadline.

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