Weekend Reads United States. Donald Trump wants to send seniors 200 dollars to spend on drugs

15:40  28 september  2020
15:40  28 september  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Photo: Getty Images. In the midst of promising to roll out a faux-health-care initiative to replace the Affordable Care Act, President Trump announced on Thursday that he intends to send $ 200 drug discount cards to over 33 million Medicare beneficiaries.

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In a speech on Thursday, September 24, Donald Trump said he wanted to send all beneficiaries of public health insurance for seniors a $ 200 gift card to spend on drugs. Aid would be received just before the presidential elections but some question the legality and financial feasibility of the project.

Donald Trump said Thursday, September 24, that it wants to send financial assistance for the purchase of drugs to all Americans on Medicare, the public health insurance for people over 65. The boost would come in the form of a prepaid card worth $ 200 (€ 171) mailed in "weeks" following the announcement of the President of the United States . The aid would therefore be received just before the US presidential election , notes Business Insider .

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Biden wants to expand Obamcare, Trump wants to replace it. However, a single infusion for seniors will not help lower drug prices, said Craig Garthwaite, director of the Program During recent negotiations over drug costs, Trump had pushed the pharmaceutical industry to send 0 cash

The White House has denied that Trump wants to cut the popular programs, and even Trump 's predecessor Barack Obama trimmed Medicare spending . Critics of President Donald Trump 's new budget are accusing him of breaking a key campaign promise ahead of his 2020 re-election bid.

Thirty-three million Americans are enrolled in Medicare. The measure would therefore cost 6.6 billion dollars (5.6 billion euros). " has never been seen before," Donald Trump said at a rally. These cards are amazing. […] I will always take care of our wonderful seniors. Such an aid program would also have the advantage of winning the Republican candidate the favor of certain voters.

Doubts about the legality and feasibility of the project

Several obstacles could however prevent this project from being carried out. Voices are raised to question the legality of such a move by the government. The question of the budget also arises. The funds for the measure are expected to come from money saved through the "Most Favored Nations" program to guarantee Americans the lowest prices for Medicare-covered treatments, a senior administration official said. Trump.

But this program has not yet been launched and could be sued by pharmaceutical companies. "It's really hard to see how the government can use funds that have not yet been concretely raised" , comments Juliette Cubanski, Medicare specialist at a foundation specializing in health. This explains that it is impossible to estimate the sums that "Most Favored Nations" will allow to set aside. "Spending money that you don’t have in the bank is unwise and, in this case, unprecedented" , she says.

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