In the following viewpoint, Patricia Barry argues that in addition to the medical benefits provided to Americans over the age of sixty-five by federally funded Medicare, seniors need a drug subsidy to help offset skyrocketing prescription costs. Many companies are cutting back on drug benefits or increasing prescription copayments for retirees, and some no longer offer health coverage to their employees when they retire, according to Barry. Moreover, she maintains, employers would appreciate the relief a Medicare drug benefit would give them to help defray increasing health care costs....
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