You Can't Fool a Teacher in Montgomery County, MD

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  • 10/13/2005

Over a year ago Tom Perez, president of the Montgomery County, MD County Council (and better known as the David Catania of Silver Spring) introduced a resolution that would allow the county to purchase “drugs from Canada.” According to The Washington Post, Perez “anticipated offering the benefit to 85,000 employees and retirees, including 27,000 affiliated with the school system. But the plan suffered a setback last month when the county school board declined to pursue a contract with Canusa, a privately held health benefits company based in Windsor, Ontario, largely because of concerns that the program would violate federal law. So now, Perez is focusing on the county government, with 12,500 workers and retirees, in part because it is the entity over which the council has direct control.” Now Mr. Perez is going to make the local police and fire forces and the other hard working members of the Montgomery County civil service guinea pigs in his lab experiment designed for blatant political ambitions. And, as far as the county retirees are concerned, I wonder how much time (oops — times up) he’s spent educating them on the Medicare Part D benefits to which they are entitled. Meanwhile, the Canadian Health Minister has made it clear that he will not allow his nation to become America’s drug store. That’s why Canadian internet marketers — profiteers masquerading as pharmacists — now need to get their drugs from Europe. And that means Latvia as well as Great Britain and Portugal as well as Germany. Mr. Perez’s plan would not deliver “the same” drugs that Canadians get at their local pharmacies. That’s a fallacy proven 100 times over and conveniently and irresponsibly ignored by the County Council president. And since the Council of Europe just released a new study revealing the bad news about the European Union’s fast growing problem of counterfeit drugs — it’s good news that the Montgomery County school board did their homework and sent Mr. Perez and his foolish notions to detention.


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