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For Release: November 21, 2003
Contact: David Almasi at (202) 507-6398 x106


"Snake Oil" Medicare Reform Criticized; Called "Legislative Malpractice" By Black Leader

Medicare reform proposals being rushed through the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are being criticized by members of the black leadership network Project 21 as being too costly and largely ineffective for those who are most in need of help.

"The Medicare prescription drug benefit is public-policy snake oil. The GOP Congress, behaving once again like New Deal Democrats, appears poised to impose a brand-new, universal entitlement on America's taxpayers," said Project 21 member and syndicated columnist Deroy Murdock. "Rather than create a market-friendly, limited-government mechanism for helping poor seniors without drug coverage, the House and Senate have concocted a $400 billion monstrosity that would subsidize drugs for David Rockefeller, Leona Helmsley and any and all Medicare recipients, including those who already have private coverage! This idea is legislative malpractice. Congress should instead look at targeted measures that respects taxpayers, promotes patient power and maximize medical choice and individual freedom."

Papers and op-eds on Medicare, prescription drugs and other health care topics by Project 21 members and National Center personnel also are available online at

Mr. Murdock and other National Center for Public Policy Research experts on Medicare reform are available for interviews. Contact David Almasi at (202) 507-6398 x106 or




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