by Alyene Senger, Robert E. Moffit
The Heritage Foundation
March 11, 2014
The Obama Administration’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that it will not finalize controversial elements of its proposed Medicare rule. The proposed rule would have undercut patient choice and reduced the competition that controls costs in the Medicare drug program (Part D). Medicare Part D offers seniors a wide choice of drug therapies at competitive prices, and its dramatic achievement in controlling costs for both seniors and taxpayers is beyond dispute. Many key stakeholders and Members of Congress expressed concern with the proposed rules, and in response, Representative Renee Ellmers (R–NC) introduced H.R. 4160, the Keep the Promise to Seniors Act, to block the regulation. Under its original plan, the Administration’s proposed changes would have inflicted serious damage on seniors’ Medicare Part D benefits.