President Donald Trump announced late last month that he had authorized sending $200 cards out to Medicare beneficiaries that they could use to pay for prescription drugs.
However, Politico is reporting that the plan may not deliver the political jolt the president is hoping for because many seniors won’t even receive the cards until after the 2020 presidential election.
Additionally, Politico’s sources say that health officials are “scrambling” to finalize a plan to get the cards into seniors’ hands, as they were caught off guard by Trump’s abrupt announcement.
“The administration is seeking to finalize the plan as soon as Friday and send letters to 39 million Medicare beneficiaries next week, informing seniors of Trump’s new effort to lower their drug costs, although many seniors would not receive the actual cards until after the election,” the publication writes. “The $200 cards — which would resemble credit cards, would need to be used at pharmacies and could be branded with a reference to Trump himself — would be paid for by tapping Medicare’s trust fund.”
Trump had initially tried getting a deal with pharmaceutical companies to lower prescription drug costs, although they balked after the Trump administration insisted that the companies send out the so-called “Trump cards” to Medicare beneficiaries.
Federal appeals court grants Trump campaign ‘expedited’ hearing after Giuliani bungles case in Pennsylvania
The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has granted the Trump campaign's motion for an expedited hearing in a case that is being handled by attorney Rudy Giuliani.
Last week, federal Judge Matthew Brann tossed out a case in which Giuliani had asked for 680,000 ballots to be invalidated in Pennsylvania. But Giuliani's team had removed legal claims about the demand from its motion to the court.
In his ruling, Brann said that Giuliani could not file an amended complaint in his court. The Trump campaign responded by filing an amended motion for expedited review with the Third Circuit of appeals.
Fed-up GOP donors may withhold money from Georgia senate races if party doesn’t make Trump concede: report
The New York Times reports that some wealthy business leaders are getting tired of Trump refusing to even allow the presidential transition process to begin and mulling a variety of ways to force the GOP to tell the president that it's time to accept reality.
Delayed transition now causing problems in FBI getting permanent clearance for Biden’s national security
President-elect Joe Biden has announced that the delayed transition isn't a problem and that he and his team will ultimately be fine. But experts have questioned how it couldn't be an inconvenience that would lead to problems for incoming national security and public health officials, The Atlantic reported Monday.
Biden has worked to raise money for the transition, telling supporters that since they don't have access to the funds for incoming presidents, that they need donations to make it.