Addict (drugaddict) wrote,

Bush on Medicare

Sent: Sunday, January 15, 2006 10:10 AM
Subject: Bush on Medicare
 WOMAN IN AUDIENCE: 'I don't really understand. How is it the new plan going
to fix the problem?'

Verbatim response: PRESIDENT BUSH:

 'Because the -- all which is on the table begins to address the big cost
drivers. For example, how benefits are calculated, for example, is on the
table. Whether or not benefits rise based upon wage increases or price
increases. There's a series of parts of the formula that are being
considered. And when you couple that, those different cost drivers,
affecting those -- changing those with personal accounts, the idea is to get
what has been promised more likely to be -- or closer delivered to that has
been promised. Does that make any sense to you? It's kind of muddled. Look,
there's a series of things that cause the -- like, for example, benefits are
calculated based upon the increase of wages, as opposed to the increase of
prices. Some have suggested that we calculate -- the benefits will rise
based upon inflation, supposed to wage increases. There is a reform that
would help solve the red if that were put into effect. In other words, how
fast benefits grow, how fast the promised benefits grow, if those -- if that
growth is affected, it will help on the red.'

Forward this to others -- so they, too, can understand...
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