"The passage of Medicare prescription drug legislation will present (HHS) with the biggest challenge it has faced since its inception. ... (The agency will) need to write regulations that establish meaningful minimum standards to protect beneficiaries from potential market abuses. If the department doesn't focus all its efforts on developing a program that beneficiaries understand and that meets their needs, our most vulnerable citizens will not sign up for the new benefit and the program will fail."
-Donna Shalala, former
HHS secretary, in the Washington Post