Thursday, January 25, 2007

Constituent Bashes King on Drug Price Vote in Newsday Letter

Pick a side on AARP, King

"Flawed and irresponsible," said Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) when voting against a bill that would reduce drug costs for seniors and, most important, limit the huge profits of big drug companies ["AARP raps King's vote on drug bill," News, Jan. 16]. Yet, when he "strongly supported" the original Medicare Part D that outlawed the government's ability to negotiate drug prices, he said in a constituent letter: "H.R. 1 is a good bill. It is not perfect. But nothing in this world is perfect - and only a fool or a knave would consider allowing the perfect to be the enemy of the good."

AARP is now a "radical" organization, according to Peter King, because it is in favor of lower drug prices. But when it lent its name to the original law, King called it a "leading advocacy group."

Which is it, congressman? Long Island seniors would like to know.

Barbara Santerle


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