CCJ will continue to support a Medicare prescription drug benefit to be
provided within the Medicare program as an option for all beneficiaries.
Any plan must have sufficient Medicare funding to ensure affordable
premiums and cost-sharing that will cover all medications beneficiaries need, and
that will empower Medicare to negotiate directly with pharmaceutical companies for
lower prescription drug prices. CCJ
will oppose any measure to turn Medicare�s guaranteed health benefits
into a voucher system or to move beneficiaries into HMOs or other
managed care plans.