[Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: George W. Bush (2006, Book I)] [March 14, 2006] [Page 478] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office www.gpo.gov]
Remarks Following a Visit to Ferris Hills at West Lake Senior Center in Canandaigua March 14, 2006 The reason I have come is I'm trying to explain to people the benefits of a new Medicare program. Congressman Randy Kuhl asked me to come, and so I did. It shows how influential he is. I thought the system needed to be changed because it didn't provide a modern form of medicine. A lot of it was good, but some of it was stuck in the past. And so I worked with Congress to get a prescription drug benefit added on to Medicare. The problem is, is that when something changes, people get a little concerned. You know, they say, ``Well, I'm not so sure I want to see a change; I'm not so sure change is something that I'm interested in.'' And I knew that was going to be the case. But I also knew that if we could convince people who pay attention to take a look and see what options were available, that people would begin to make rational choices, particularly if they had some help. And so I want to thank the Thompson Health Care Group for helping. And as I said at the high school over there, I said, ``If your mom or dad could use a little Medicare, you owe them the opportunity to explain different options and show what's available.'' But the pharmacists are helping a lot to say, ``Look, you ought to take a look at the program.'' So we're in your community to urge people to, you know, kind of step back, see what's available, design a program that meets your needs, if that's your interest, and it's going to save some money. That's the key, because this--the benefit is costing less than anticipated, as a result of competition and choice. It's really worthwhile looking at. I've spent a lot of time, as my administration spends a lot of time, talking about how to get people--information into people's hands. And so that's why we're here. Thank you for giving us a chance to come by and visit with you. It looks like you've got a beautiful facility. Okay, well, thanks to the press for coming. Note: The President spoke at 1:09 p.m.