"It's no surprise that the very bureaucrats who helped create and perpetuate the complicated, convoluted formula that cheats Iowa out of Medicare payments would defend the formula. During a Senate Finance Committee field hearing in Des Moines, a roomful of Iowans listened to two former heads of (HCFA, whose) assessment was that Iowa isn't so bad off. ... The chart Iowans have been looking at shows our state dead last in Medicare reimbursements per beneficiary. ... Before the Medicare program is expanded to cover drugs ... the flaws in the current system must be fixed."
-Des Moines Register