Tuesday, August 14, at the New Bethlehem Fire Department,
where Senator Specter held his Town Hall Meeting, RDJ Catalog, Inc.
President Daniel W. Merrick and Georgetta A. Blackburn, Vice President of
Blackburn's Pharmacy, meet with the Senator to discuss The House and Senate
SCHIP (State Children's Health Insurance Protection) bills that will be pounded
out in a conference committee in September, when back in session.
BLACKBURN'S was awarded the Home Medical Equipment Magazine REHAB PROVIDER
OF THE YEAR - that's over all other competitors in the nation. "We pride
ourselves on good, compassionate service, but the government will prevent us
from continuing to provide power mobility if the House draft is adopted"
said Georgetta A. Blackburn. Blackburn's provides mobility wheel chairs for
Igor Merrick, son of RDJ Catalog, Inc. president Dan Merrick.
"If this bill is past in it's present form", Merrick said "It will
require tax payers to foot the costs of a 13 month rental program for this
type of medical equipment. At the end of paying $13,000.00 for rent, then
the government will pay for the wheel chair at about $27,000.00." For most
medical equipment in this class the overall increase to taxpayers would be
30% to 50% over what is covered now.
Yet the politicians and house budget office claims it will save taxpayers
money. Talk about your fuzzy math. "This isn't the million dollar question
on are you smarter than a fifth grader, $40,000.0 is greater than
$27,000.00"Igor Merrick Stated.
Dan Merrick's son Igor has Muscular Dystrophy and has been unable to walk
since age 7. Senator Specter (R Pennsylvania) stated that he felt that
President Bush would most likely veto the bill when it hits his desk if it
remains in the present form. House Democrats have added higher tax
cost into the bill in conference committee. "I know how some politicians
work, they raise costs in one area and remove benefits in others until the
budget looks like it will save when it will just cost more". "I have
confidence that the Senator Specter will do all he can to combat this ill
conceived part of the bill" Merrick Said.