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High on the drug benefit
Turner points out that all of the media attention to the setbacks of the new Medicare drug benefit ignores the lessons of history. When Medicare debuted in 1965, there were similar complaints and confusion.
The news has been filled with early reports that seniors, pharmacists, and physicians are confused and face glitches in checking drug plan eligibility since the January 1 launch of the program. Trying to enroll millions of people in a new program in a short time necessarily causes disruption, and this harkens back to when Medicare was first created in 1965.
The confusion, as Turner points out, is likely caused by an influx of seniors who joined the program at the last minute. We shouldn't judge the program based on these initial stumbles, but on whether it achieves its long-term goals.
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