A better way to save Medicare
Re: “Senators offer bill to reduce Medicare spending,” ModernHealthcare.com, June 28: As Sens. Joe Lieberman and Tom Coburn seek to reduce Medicare expenses, they might look at a New England Journal of Medicine editorial from five years ago that suggested that $500 billion over 10 years might be saved from outlawing prescriptiondrug advertising, as was the case before a Clinton-era FDA action allowing it and undertaking modest reforms of patent laws so new patents were not issued with an 18-year license to charge whatever the market will bear to drugs with minor dosage changes or combining of two drugs or very minor composition changes.
Similar $500 billion cuts proposed in Obamacare and possibly even Ryancare run the risk of leading to healthcare rationing to seniors and are unacceptable. Coburn and Lieberman could lead the discussion toward real savings if they seriously looked at drugcost savings.
Kurt Hahn Healdsburg, Calif.