Prescription Card Programs

Lou spent around $80,000 campaigning for NACo to bring Cumberland County the highly touted Prescription Card Program. In an article in the Daily Journal this morning, Joe Smith claimed that Lou Magazzu “is under attack from Republican and a slate of dissident Democrats for his involvement with NACo.”

Lou is NOT under attack for his involvement in NACo
Is it even possible to get a straight story from the media? Joe, Magazzu is NOT under attack because of his “involvement with NACo.” Magazzu is under attack because he took a personal no-interest loan from the Democratic party for his personal campaign. Lou is under attack because he lied about having a PAC, which turned out to be a personal bank account. Lou is under fire because he took $80,000 in contributions to his fake PAC, from people and companies that do very lucrative business with the county. Lou is under fire because he failed to declare these gifts as such, as required by law. Lou is under fire because of the appearance of pay-to-play and graft.

Why do we need the card program?
An interesting sentence in the article stated:

(Nancy) Egan (county health development specialist) said 73 percent of people using the card fall below the federal poverty level. Forty-eight percent of those are unemployed, she said.

The real issue here is why does Cumberland County have such a high rate of unemployment (13% in July, and climbing)? The real issue is why do we have so many living below the poverty level. Lou Magazzu has had 12 years to reverse this trend, and Cumberland County is still in last place (or first place depending on how you look at it.)

Therein lies the rub. Lou and his merry band of cohorts have failed to address the real issues facing the county. Instead, they create band-aids, doubling county spending and taxes in six years in order to throw good money after bad in social programs that are obviously not staunching the flow. But they haven’t stopped even once to consider that they might be doing something wrong. They refuse to consider that there might be other options or solutions. in fact anybody that even suggests another solution will be berated publicly and humiliated by a public official if they dare speak up at a Freeholder meeting.

How much money did Lou spend to bring the prescription card program to the county. How many trips across the United States? How much for NACo membership? Lou acts as if there is NO OTHER OPTION to get these cards. He acts as if he is a savior, or Moses bringing Manna from Heaven!

In fact, prescription cards are a dime a dozen. No, strike that. They are a dozen for FREE! That’s right. Walk into any pharmacy in Cumberland County, and the pharmacist will assist you in obtaining a FREE prescription cards that will give anywhere from 25% to 40% discounts on name-brand drugs.

If you are agoraphobic, no worry. Go to www.togetherrxaccess.com and sign up on line immediately. Don’t like that one, go to www.freedrugcard.us.

Okay, you want the CVS/CareMark card that Lou spent $80,000 to bring to the county. You don’t care about the legal problems that have plagued CareMark and CVS, the unethical sharing of private medical information, charging Universities driving UP prescription costs, or the many lawsuits. Just go to the CareMark website and sign up for free. Voilà! No need to spend county money mailing cards to every resident.

Our problem is not whether or not a prescription card is a good thing or not. I know many people that have the cards on their fridge, but cannot use them because they cannot even afford health insurance or a doctor’s visit. Wouldn’t the enormous amount of money spent on NACo trips have been better put towards attracting new jobs to the county that pay a livable wage? Wouldn’t the money have been better put towards ensuring that our employers can afford to offer health benefits to their employees?

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13 Responses to Prescription Card Programs

  1. Byelou says:

    Lou claims that he brought the prescription drug program to Cumberland County as a result of his NACo involvement. That is a lie. NACo makes it available to any county that wants it, and all he had to do was pick up a packet of cards from a table at the NACo convention. The taxpayers paid for his suite and entertainment and his entourage. He is using this as a smokescreen for his lavish spending and total failure to produce anything of benefit to his constituents.

  2. mango says:

    The Daily Journal is apparently 100 percent in Lou’s camp and will not publish anything reflecting upon him negatively. A paper so unabashedly biased does not deserve respect. I canceled my subscription months ago. I think this response to the DJ article is excellent. Perhaps one or more of our readers could put the content into a Letter to the Editor to the DJ in one last ditch attempt to see if they will publish something that does not put Lou in a good light. I’m not optimistic, but it’s worth a try. The challenge for those of us who would like to see Magazzu out of office is getting the word out to the larger public when the newspapers are running scared, for whatever reason. One thought — calls into the Saturday radio program of the Independent Leaders that bring up issues such as this in the guise of a question (a spin on the Dem’s “push poll” strategy). I think the Repubs also have a radio program. Questions such as, “What do you think of Lou Magazzu’s NACO issues (then say what they are, as documented on this website)?” The Independent Leaders are on 92.1 at 9 am Saturday.

  3. Deparego says:

    I thought the Independents are on the radio on Saturday mornings at 8:00 and not 9:00?

  4. amused says:

    You are correct, Deparego. The Independents are on fron 8:00-9:00 a.m. Sat. 9:00-10:00 is Jim Sauro. We should all tune in.

  5. SalarySam says:

    While it was not the main thrust of you posting, I think you have hit on a key point that needs emphasis and repeating so I am repeating your words here:

    Lou is NOT under attack for his involvement in NACo
    Is it even possible to get a straight story from the media? Joe, Magazzu is NOT under attack because of his “involvement with NACo.” Magazzu is under attack because he took a personal no-interest loan from the Democratic party for his personal campaign. Lou is under attack because he lied about having a PAC, which turned out to be a personal bank account. Lou is under fire because he took $80,000 in contributions to his fake PAC, from people and companies that do very lucrative business with the county. Lou is under fire because he failed to declare these gifts as such, as required by law. Lou is under fire because of the appearance of pay-to-play and graft.

  6. Sell me a bridge says:

    Wouldn’t it have made sense for Magazzu to just ask Gloucester County about their prescription card program? It’s not NACo’s program but they were offering a similar card years before Cumberland County.

  7. tryagain says:

    Did you ever think maybe he did ask Gloucester and that the Naco plan is better!!! And totally free!!! DUH!!!

  8. Guess-Who says:

    tryagain:
    Have U ever L{.}{.}Ked at their (NACo) Website as this(Prescription Card Program) has been on their Site for how many years?

    Do u know that NACo has WEBINARS also?

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    Checks & Balance make the County a Better Place

  9. amused says:

    The NACO plan is better? And free? Guaranteed it cost us taxpayers plenty! What’s it going to cost us in paybacks to those who contributed to Magazzu’s slush fund to travel the country along with his entourage? DUH!!!

  10. tryagain says:

    Yes it is a better plan!

  11. Sell me a bridge says:

    My point was not about what prescription card is better. I was making the point that Magazzu did not have to travel to learn about this program. I would assume he understands the value of Google.

  12. Rev. Higgs Boson says:

    But if magazzu doesn’t travel, now can he hob-knob and pretend he is someone important? He can’t do it in New Jersey, everyone here knows he’s just a deadbeat looking for a handout.

  13. amused says:

    Glad to see Magazzu thinks he’s far more superior than his buddies in Gloucester County. Of course he believes he’s superior to everyone. Explain to us tryagain how Magazzu’s prescription plan is so much better than Gloucester’s plan. And is the difference worth 80k that Magazzu spent running all over the country? What else did we get for all this money he and his entourage spent?

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