“We’ve had to sit and take a lot of crap about a plan that none of these guys have really seen,” says a legislative affairs staffer in the White House. “But we’re confident that once we get out package together and present it to the American people, we’re going to come out ahead.”
Democrats have been scoring points by criticizing a reform plan they say would limit seniors’ choices for care if they went on the government’s prescription drug plan. Some Democrats have appeared on national TV claiming that Medicare participants would be shuttled into a single HMO-type provider to get the cost assistance for drugs they need.
“It’s not true, and the groups who have heard us speak about it know,” says the staffer. “Republicans up on the Hill have been briefed on the parameters of what we’re doing, and none of them have complained that we’re boxing them into a corner. They will be enthusiastic backers.”
The hopeful talk is based on recent meetings Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson has had with special interest groups. In those talks, he’s outlined the government’s plan, and according to HHS staffers, the groups have been receptive, albeit wary. “We can’t tell them everything, because the plan isn’t complete,” says an HHS staffer. “But they get a flavor, and they’ve been okay with it.”p> THE QUIET AMERICAN br> Rep. Dick Gephardt will make a three-state swing from Missouri to Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina leading up to his appearance at the DNC winter meeting in Washington later this week. The trip is intended to help jump-start his presidential campaign, which has been overshadowed consistently by Sen. John Kerry ‘s heavy media blitz of the past month.
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