Strickland lobbies for senior support |

Strickland lobbies for senior support

by Amanda Roberson

FRISCO – Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate Tom Strickland hopes to win senior votes through his proposal to make prescription drug benefits a part of Medicare. Although he did not appear in person at the Summit County Senior Citizens Group luncheon Thursday, he left campaign material explaining the proposal.

His plan includes a voluntary $25 premium for prescription drugs, low deductibles, and easier access to generic drugs. Strickland said he will work to require drug companies to sell their medications to American pharmacies serving medicare beneficiaries at the average price they sell drugs internationally. Currently, some drugs cost 40 percent less in foreign nations.

Another component of the plan applies specifically to those with high drug bills due to conditions such as diabetes and cancer. Strickland’s plan covers all costs after $4,000.

Marge Black, secretary of the Summit County Senior Citizens Group, said the cost of prescription drugs is an important issue for members.

“You should see my prescription bill. I have three that are over $100 a month. Something should be done,” said Black.

When asked if she would vote for a candidate based promises to lower the cost of prescription drugs, Black answered “You bet I would.”

U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard also is touting a plan he says will benefit seniors on Medicare; he endorses spending up to $300 billion on a prescription drug subsidy over 10 years.

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