As noted below, the era of big government is alive and well. And about to get bigger, as this AP headline makes plain:
The tally for this taxpayer lark is widely expected to bust the $400 billion mark over the next decade. This, despite the fact that more than 70 percent of Medicare beneficiaries pay less than $500 out of pocket annually for pills and such. Yet perish the thought of a targeted plan (much less no plan at all)!
Ah well, in the words of Grandpa Simpson and his geriatric pals, "I'm Old! Gimme Gimme Gimme!" As the baby boomers running the Congress eye their own retirement, it's hard not to believe that, as with their interestingly timed embrace of World War II nostalgia, they're more interested in gilding their own retirement nests than in helping the truly needy.