Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Health & Fitness
  3. Holistic Health

Obama proposes controversial change to Medicare drug protection plan

See also

In his ongoing quest to revamp healthcare in this country, President Obama is now proposing a controversial plan to eliminate certain safeguards that currently guarantee access to a choice of antidepressant, antipsychotic and immunosuppressant prescription drugs for seniors that has been in place since 2006.

“This proposal is very disturbing,” commented legislative advocacy director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Andrew Sperling. “This is a key protection, and the cornerstone of what has made the benefit work for people with mental illness.”

While patients advocates have condemned the plan stating that it could “potentially limit access to critically needed medications for millions of people,” Mark McClellan, first administrator of the Medicare prescription benefits program argues that “it may make sense to ease some of the patient protections because there are now more alternate low-cost generic drugs available than when President George W. Bush added them to the program to ensure that private health insurance plans had to “cover all, or substantially all medications in the three above classifications for broad access to senior citizens and disabled beneficiaries.”



  • Transgender cop
    A transgender police officer is stepping down from her position to run for office
    Political Office
  • Easter eggs
    Craft delicate, hand-painted eggs with flowers and other designs celebrating spring
    Easter Eggs
  • Subway message
    Subway customer finds 'Big Mama' written on her order
    Subway Message
  • Working from home
    Working from home can be an exciting venture. Get tips to ensure productivity
    Get Tips
  • Limes
    Rising cost of limes could be putting the squeeze on your favorite restaurant
    Expensive Limes
  • Pope Francis
    Religion: Pope Francis instructs how to fight against Satan
    Morning Mass

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!