The clock is ticking, Medicare Deadline Spurs a Debate Over Penalties
Enrollment in Medicare's new prescription drug benefit lurches to a conclusion on Monday, with beneficiaries, insurers and many lawmakers saying Congress should eliminate the financial penalty for people who sign up late.
Under one idea that is gaining momentum, Monday would still be the deadline for enrollment and beneficiaries would not have another opportunity to sign up until November. But people who sign up at the end of this year would be spared the late enrollment penalty, a permanent surcharge that would otherwise increase all future premiums by 7 percent or more.
Prospects for waiving the penalty will become clearer in coming weeks, as a picture emerges of whether people who failed to enroll want to do so. If the drug benefit becomes a big issue in fall campaigns, more Republicans may embrace the idea as a way to deflect Democratic attacks without changing the structure of the new program.
So if you and someone you know did not sign up by the end of the day you're out of luck for the next six months. Then if you have not managed to figure this program out and that includes an awful lot of people, you may be harnessed with a never ending surcharge. One thing that Americans can do that mistakenly signed up for the wrong plan because it was so confusing, or folks that missed the deadline, or people that have been assigned the wrong co-payment plan, or maybe you're one of those folks that make the staggering sum of fourteen thousand dollars a year and been disqualified because of your "assets", is while waiting for the Bushcracy to fix their screw-ups or crossing your fingers while waiting for the November enrollment; try to figure out what "compassionate conservatism" means, what's so conservative about being a conservative and what dictionary were conservatives using when they decided to define their actions as compassionate.
– How do you know that a Democrat has instilled real fear into a conservative, other then the usual paranoia they usually thrive on?
– It is almost always the case that when a conservative media pundit attacks a Democrat for said Democrat's concerns about ethics in Congress or the Whitehouse its because the pundit is afraid of any investigation into conservative's ethics violations.
– It is always the case with the media and conservative pundits that Democrats are held to a higher standard, one which the media and conservatives never live up to.
– When a conservative says that a Democrat has gone off the reservation, they really mean that said Democrat will not be intimidated by shrill conservative attacks.
– Why are the conservative attack dogs drooling more then usual lately? Because for one, midterms are getting closer, and two conservatives have all the real power, squandered it, came up empty handed except for some very irresponsible tax cuts ( which they claim is fueling the economy while its actually being floated on deficit spending). Now that the conservative bag of "bold" ideas has been found to be empty, personal attacks are all they have left.
While they would never, never, ever admit it, they can't believe that they blew it all on their own and somehow blame must be shifted to anyone who day after day has been a reasonable, but determined opponent. Harry Reid has been quiet lately so I guess they had to shift to another target for now, Whack-a-Dem 2006: Nancy Pelosi . Pelosi is a kinda two-fer for conservative pundits, she is not only a Democrat, but a woman. While Pelosi has said she thinks impeachment is a bad idea ( politically I think she's right) that still leaves censure, not just for the lies about Iraq, but the breaking of over 270 laws. Rather then attack Pelosi, conservatives should be grateful that Democrats aren't talking about having people locked up in stocks on the Capital steps.
Lee said the only regular visitor to her house is her 81-year-old mother, "and I don't think she wants to watch porn."
Do I take it, sir, that you are threatening a brother officer with a gun?
Mandrake, I suppose it never occurred to you that while we're chatting here so enjoyably, a decision is being made by the President and the Joint Chiefs in the war room at the Pentagon. And when they realize there is no possibility of recalling the wing, there will be only one course of action open: total commitment. Mandrake, do you recall what Clemenzo once said about war?
No. I don't think I do sir, no.
He said war was to important to be left to the Generals. When he said that, fifty years ago, he might have been right. But today, war is too important to be left to politicians. They have neither the time, the raining, nor the inclination for strategic thought. I can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration, Communist indoctrination, communist subversion, and the international Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids.
from the screenplay Dr. Strangelove by Stanley Kubrick, Terry Southern, and Peter George