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Medicare

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Update posted 23 hours ago

Petition to Kevin Brady, U.S. House of Representatives, Mike Enzi

HELP PEOPLE WITH ORPHAN DISEASES GET THEIR LIFE-SAVING MEDICATIONS

I am one of about 400,000 people in the U.S. who suffer from relapsing multiple sclerosis, a disabling disease which affects the central nervous system.  Other rare diseases include ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), muscular dystrophy and sarcoidosis.  I lost my career to this disease, as I have become totally disabled. Treatment for these diseases is very costly.  There is no cure for MS, but the disease can be managed.  There are currently 12 FDA-recognized therapy medications, and even less for relapses. My daily therapy medication costs $6,500 per month, and the relapse medication costs $40,000 per treatment.  This far exceeds my and my husband's total income, as my husband is totally disabled from a stroke.  Obviously, very few people can afford these treatments, especially when they are fully disabled. There is help available; the drug companies which make these orphan drugs have programs that allow the patient to receive the drugs at low cost or for free. HOWEVER, PEOPLE WHO ARE ON MEDICARE CANNOT RECEIVE THIS HELP.  A provision of the Social Security Act designed to prevent Medicare fraud also makes it a felony for a drug company to directly assist a patient financially if that patient has purchased a Medicare Part D prescription plan which covers these drugs.  Many Part D plans do not even cover these drugs, but those which do leave the patient with expensive co-insurance of thousands of dollars in order to get these life-saving drugs which are simply unaffordable, especially for those who cannot work because of their disease. YOU CAN HELP!  PLEASE LET CONGRESS KNOW THAT IT MUST AMEND THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT TO PERMIT DRUG COMPANIES TO PROVIDE PATIENTS WITH RARE DISEASES WITH DIRECT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE SO THAT THEY CAN GET THEIR LIFE-SAVING MEDICATION!!!

Susan Dolin
51,370 supporters
Update posted 7 days ago

Petition to Bernie Sanders

Buffet Rule 2017 Congressional Reform Act

We The People are asking Congress to install the Buffet Rule with budget improvements to end the deficit.First, what could be changed: Pension of former Presidents .. . . .. . . . . ... . .  Reduce from more than $200,000 to 35% of last year of Presidential salary. Salary of House/Senate members .. . . . .. . . . $174,000 Reduce 5% Salary of Speaker of the House .. . . . .. ... . . . $223,500 Reduce 20% Salary of Majority / Minority Leaders . . ..  . . $193,400 Reduce 10% Fix Tax Code rather than reducing Medicare & Social Security http://www.bankrate.com/finance/taxes/tax-loopholes-mainly-benefit-rich-1.aspx CBO 2007 study: limiting malpractice awards lowers Medicare cost. http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/26/3/841.abstract Save Pentagon $125 billion in five ( 5 ) years recommended by DBB: https://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/documents/investigations/the-defense-business-boards-2015-study-on-how-the-pentagon-could-save-125-billion/2236/ #Reimagine Prison https://www.vera.org/publications/the-price-of-prisons-what-incarceration-costs-taxpayers GAO: 4 Ways Government Can Save http://www.federaltimes.com/story/government/management/budget/2016/04/13/4-ways-gao-says-government-can-save-money/82993642/ What should not be reduced: Median 2016 Salary of elementary school Teacher . . .. .$55,380 Average 2016 Salary of E3 deployed Soldier . . .. . . . . . . $24,984 not including cost of benefits Average 2016 Social Security of Retired Seniors .......... $16,092 Income of Medicaid recipient ............ ..  ........ ................  $1,400 to $4,000 We CAN kill the deficit, saving Social Security and Medicare for ourselves! Warren Buffett, 2011, in an interview with CNBC, offered one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling: "I could end the deficit in five minutes," he told CNBC. "You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election". The 26th Amendment ( granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds ) took only three months and eight days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971 - before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc. Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven ( 7 ) took one ( 1 ) year or less to become the law of the land - all because of public pressure.This is one idea that really should be Installed: Congressional Reform Act 2017 1. No Tenure. A Congressman / woman collects a salary while in office (Buffet Rule)  by election and receives no Federal pension when they're out of office unless they have worked for the Federal Government 20 years or more and that pension will be no more than 35% of their last year of salary. All other Federal Government non military employees must work 20 years or more to receive a Federal pension of no more then 35% of their last year of salary. 2. Government may not take or borrow from the Social Security Trust Fund for any reason. 3. Congress may not reduce SocSecurity/Medicare/Medicaid benefits. 4. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.5. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.Serving in Congress is an honor. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s) as elected and then go home and go back to work. Congress hasn't proposed any way to kill the deficit while preserving Social Security and Medicare for us and for our children. It's time. FIX THE DEFICIT!    SAVE SOCIAL SECURITY and MEDICARE!  

Jean M Seim
2,335 supporters