Only in Waxman's World
do prices never increase...as in the average premiums of Medicare part D plans. In the first phase of the program some plans had some incredibly low monthly premiums...about $4 a month for a standard plan with $250 deductible. Now these plans are raising the deductible to about $11 a month -- the outrage! -- with some plans that have no deductible actually lowering their premiums. That's what Aetna and Humana have done with some plans that fill the coverage gap. And some managed care plans are lowering premiums for programs that include drugs and all other care -- integrating coverage in order to insure that drugs are used to reduce the total cost of care if possible. But that never enters into Waxman's calculations.