Congressman Flake Says Comments of Comptroller General Show Need for Delay in Medicare Prescription Drug Entitlement
Comptroller General Calls Drug Entitlement "Imprudent"
Washington, D.C. - Arizona Congressman Jeff Flake, who represents the state's Sixth District, today said that the comments of Comptroller General David Walker yesterday at a budget conference show that Congress needs to delay implementation of the Medicare prescription drug entitlement.
Referring to the addition of the drug entitlement to existing Medicare liability, Mr. Walker said, "If that's not imprudent, I don't know what is."
"When our own Comptroller General is saying that this drug entitlement is not affordable, perhaps it's time we revisited the issue," said Flake.
"By delaying the implementation of this new entitlement for a year, it will give Congress the opportunity to go back and target this benefit to seniors who need it, rather than creating a new universal entitlement."
Congressman Flake has introduced H.R. 1382. The bill would postpone implementation of the prescription drug benefit for one year.