The AARP, the nation's leading lobby for seniors, is calling for changes to the Medicare reform law that it endorsed last year.
The AARP's endorsement was crucial to the bill's passage. Now that the reform measure is law, the seniors' group has set its sights on improvements to the law -- including the addition of provisions aimed at lowering drug prices, an issue Republicans took care to avoid in drafting the bill.
The AARP is "launching an all-out effort to make prescription drugs more affordable," the group said in a strategy summary on its Web site. It advocates legalizing importation of drugs from Canada, expanding the new Medicare drug benefit to cover more of beneficiaries' out-of-pocket costs and pushing drugmakers to limit price increases to the rate of inflation.
The 35-million member AARP, which surprised and upset many Democrats and some of its own members by endorsing the Medicare bill last year, also will ramp up efforts to educate its members about the new law.
Read the AARP summary.