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An Open Letter to Congress
On the Final Medicare Prescription Drug Legislation
From Concerned Taxpayer and Policy Groups

November 19, 2003

The undersigned groups are strongly opposed to the final Medicare prescription drug legislation and urge all Members to vote “no.”

While there are many bad elements of this bill, among the most reckless are:

  • Adding to Medicare’s Unfunded Liabilities. Medicare is already projected to go bankrupt. Nonetheless, this bill will unconscionably add hundreds of billions of dollars in unfunded liabilities to the program.

  • Deficits. This bill will add at least $400 billion to the already record budget deficits projected in the near term. If past history is any guide, we can expect the actual cost to be much higher.

  • Millions of Retirees Will Lose Good Coverage. Despite provisions that attempt to prevent companies from dropping coverage for their retirees, we believe this bill will lead to millions of retirees losing benefits currently being provided by their former employers.

  • A Retreat on the Promise of Reform. Real reforms have largely given way to “fig leaves” such as demonstration projects (which Congress has a remarkable tendency of ignoring or undermining anyway).

For the sake of future generations who will face massive tax hikes because of this bill, we urge you to vote “no.” Congress simply needs to start over with a new bill. Seventy-six percent of seniors already have good drug coverage. The American people need a bill focused only on seniors who don’t have coverage and who need help. They don’t need this bill, which will ruin good coverage for millions and cause disastrous erosion in Medicare’s already precarious long-term financial situation.

Sincerely,

National Taxpayers Union
John Berthoud, President
Virginia

Greene County Taxpayers Association
Michael Smith, Founder
Virginia

American Conservative Union
David Keene, Chairman
Virginia

Heal Washington
Kathryn A. Serkes, President
Washington

American Policy Center
Tom DeWeese, President
Virginia

Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
Jon Coupal, President
California

Americans for Limited Government
Paul Jacob, Senior Fellow
Illinois

Idahoans for Tax Reform
Laird Maxwell, Chairman
Idaho

Arlington County Taxpayers Association
Timothy M. Wise, President
Virginia

Illinois Policy Institute
Greg Blankenship, Director
Illinois

Assoc. of American Physicians & Surgeons
Jane M. Orient, M.D., Executive Director
Arizona

Iowans for Tax Relief
Dave M. Stanley, Chairman
Iowa

Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
Thomas A. Schatz, President
District of Columbia

Kansas Taxpayers Network
Karl Peterjohn, Executive Director
Kansas

Citizens Against Higher Taxes
James Broussard, Chairman
Pennsylvania

Liberty Committee
Kent Snyder, Executive Director
Virginia

Citizens for a Sound Economy
Paul Beckner, President
District of Columbia

Maryland Taxpayers Association, Inc.
Richard Falknor, Executive Vice President
Maryland

Citizens for Limited Taxation
Barbara Anderson, Executive Director
Massachusetts

National Tax Limitation Committee
Lewis K. Uhler, President
California

Citizens United
David Bossie, President
District of Columbia

Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom
Doug Kagan, Chairman
Nebraska

Coalition Against Higher Medicare Drug Costs
Donald Devine, Chairman
Maryland

New York Conservative Party
Mike Long, Chairman
New York

Commonwealth Found. for Pub. Pol. Alternatives
Matthew J. Brouillette, President & CEO
Pennsylvania

Ohio Taxpayers Association
Scott A. Pullins J.D., Chairman/CEO
Ohio

Competitive Enterprise Institute
Fred Smith
District of Columbia

Prince William Taxpayers Alliance
Rick Hendrix, Chairman
Virginia

ConservativeHQ.com
Richard Viguerie, Chairman
Virginia

Taxpayers For Common Sense Action
Steve Ellis, Vice President of Programs
District of Columbia

Council for America
Ron Pearson, President
District of Columbia

Taxpayers League of Minnesota
Linda Runbeck, President
Minnesota

Fairfax County Taxpayers Alliance
Arthur Purves, President
Virginia

Tennessee Tax Revolt
Rick Durham, President
Tennessee

Family Research Council
Tony Perkins, President
District of Columbia

Utah Taxpayers Association
Howard Stephenson, President
Utah

Family Taxpayers Network
Jack Roeser, President
Illinois

VOTORS.org
Al Aitken, Chairman
Virginia

Freedom Alliance
Tom Kilgannon, President
Virginia

West Virginians Against Government Waste
Henry L. Thaxton, Director
West Virginia

GOP Recall – Ohio
Joe Curran, Treasurer
Ohio

York County Taxpayers Council
Warren Bulette, President
Pennsylvania