Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Setting Bobby's record straight...

MYTH:"Proposed limiting Medicaid patients to five prescriptions a month"

FACT:Bobby Jindal supported eliminating the waste and abuse in the state's Medicaid system, which was projecting a $10 million cost overrun. Reforms concerning prescriptions, however, could be overridden by a doctor, and were not applied to nursing home residents or children.
In 1996, the Advocate reported: "To cut pharmacy spending by $3 million to $4 million annually, the Department of Health and Hospitals had proposed the five-prescription limit, which includes a provision letting doctors override the cap if medically necessary. The proposal exempted nursing home residents and children." ("Exempting Medicaid patients from 5-prescription limit eyed." The Advocate. 12/21/96.)

MYTH:"Voted against lowering the cost of prescription drugs" (1/12/07)

FACT:Bobby Jindal opposed this legislation because allowing the federal government to "negotiate" prescription drug prices would result in a system which gives government bureaucrats the authority to decide which drugs are available to our seniors, and the Washington Post and Congressional Budget Office have concluded it would have little to no effect on reducing costs. ("The Wrong Prescription: Government should not negotiate drug prices in Medicare." Washington Post. Saturday, January 13, 2007.)

Former Senator John Breaux weighed in against this legislation in a April 1, 2007 interview, saying, "If the government just set prices, the result would be that a lot of drug manufacturers would simply not agree to the price that was set for a particular drug, so that drug would not be offered. That would be highly detrimental to seniors. It could have a very serious rationing effect on seniors, which I don't think is acceptable, and a lot of restrictions on seniors as to where they can get their drugs, etc." ("Sen. John Breaux: advising on healthcare policy; Q&A." Healthcare Financial Management. April 1, 2007.)

MYTH:"Supported raising the Medicare eligibility age"

FACT:This is a blatant misrepresentation of reality. The Bipartisan Commission for Medicare Reform made no final recommendations on reforming the system. Former Senator John Breaux was the proponent of the Medicare change which proposed raising the eligibility age.
"It is unclear whether [President Bill] Clinton would support Breaux's idea of raising the eligibility age from 65 to 67." ("Medicare Panel Fails to Agree on Recommendations." Amy Goldstein and John F. Harris, Washington Post. 3/17/99.)

MYTH:"Failed to support our troops and veterans - by voting against fully funding TRICARE - a veterans health care program"

FACT:Jindal supported legislation agreed on by the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate which provided $106.8 billion in funding for the TRICARE Program and called on the Department of Defense to fully fund the program. The legislation said, "... Congress should provide sufficient funding to the Department of Defense to offer members of the Reserve Component continuous access to TRICARE, for a premium, regardless of their activation status."

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