1601 N. Tucson Blvd. Suite 9
Tucson, AZ 85716-3450
Phone: (800) 635-1196
Hotline: (800) 419-4777
Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Inc.
A Voice for Private Physicians Since 1943
Omnia pro aegroto

July 2, 1999

CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE: PROMOTE MEDICARE PATIENT FREEDOM

Physicians: Please post this notice in your office and make copies for your patients.
Both patients and physicians should call their Congressmen!

While your Congressional delegation is visiting the District over the Fourth of July recess (July 3-11), let them hear from their constituents. Attend town hall meetings-bring a cane and an umbrella- and call the district offices. They have forgotten how angry seniors attacked Congressman Dan Rostenkowski in his car over the catastrophic Medicare expansion tried briefly, then repealed in 1989.

Clinton is trying to do it again with his prescription drug "benefit." Some points to make:

  • Seniors will pay for the benefit. The White House estimates that seniors will be forced to pay an additional $528 per year in premiums alone, even though nearly half spend less than $100 per year on pharmaceuticals. This nearly doubles the Part B premium. The new benefit may jeopardize the benefits already enjoyed by two-thirds of seniors.
  • There is NO federal budget surplus to pay for this or any other program. The government borrowed $30 billion from Social Security last year.
  • Clinton plans to cut standard Medicare benefits by $75 billion to subsidize the drug benefit. Seniors can expect further cutbacks in services and decreases in quality.
  • Price controls-which will soon follow federal payment-will reduce seniors' choices and will force pharmaceutical companies to cut back on research into new drugs.

Instead of more promises that can't be kept-and more cynical exploitation of seniors' needs and worries to get votes-demand more freedom for seniors to make their own medical decisions without government meddling. In particular, demand the right to purchase private medical care-without reporting, rationing, or harassment of patient or physician. No American should be forced to depend solely on government as the one and only source of any goods or services.

* * * * * * * * * * * * *

NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN FOR THE COVETED BUREAUCRAT-OF-THE-YEAR AWARD.

Who has done the most to obstruct access to the best in medical care?
FAX your nomination to (520)326-3529 or (520)325-4230!

* * * * * * * * * * * * *

AN INVITATION TO PATIENTS: If you wish to become an affiliate member of AAPS and receive future alerts and a copy of the AAPS Rx for Patient Power Handbook, return this form to 1601 N. Tucson Blvd # 9, Tucson, AZ 85716, or FAX (520)325-4230:

Name: __________________________ e-mail address ______________________________

Address:______________________________________ FAX number: __________________