First of all, Medicare raised the premium for 2022 based on the faulty premise that these new and expensive Alzheimer’s drugs would be needed by so many Medicare subscribers.

Then, they expected to be able to negotiate Part D drug costs with big pharma in Build Back Better.

Special mention to Sen. Kyrsten Sinema for her role in killing a wildly popular plan to have Medicare negotiate lower prices on prescription drugs.

Gone from the $1.75 trillion proposal is a plan that would have allowed Medicare to use its considerable bargaining power to lower the price of prescription drugs for Americans – a proposal that would have saved the government about $600 billion over 10 years.

Then, they finally realized those expensive drugs were worthless. “Probably”.

Now, are they decreasing the Medicare premiums? Nah. They are “weighing” the idea.

My opinion, it will be forgotten like everything else.

Thank you for this comment and the links.

This is all abominable, and shows why for profit healthcare and research is failed from the jump.

I think this is particularly important for women because we're at higher risk. Also, some people have started referring to Alzheimer's as Type III diabetes and think it can (at least some of the time) be reversed or prevented through diet. But no money in that, I guess. Instead, science goes for the glamour and the big research budgets.

I hope this gets out there and triggers a re-think.

In all of the homes for the elderly I've been to they do serve a lot of carb- and sugar-heavy stuff.. I've always thought that was a bad idea. It can't be healthy. And yes, old people deserve to feel as healthy as possible too.

I have a grandma who was temporarily in a nursing home to recover from an illness. She also has diabetes she generally controls very well through her diet. One of her complaints was that the only time she had to take medication/insulin in years was during that stay in the nursing home.

A lot of elderly people don't eat enough, so they need concentrated calories. My grandma ate almost nothing but peaches and ice cream for the last year of her life, because that was all that tempted her. Not necessarily the healthiest, but...

I eat calorie dense food, too. It contains a lot of healthy fats. No sugar at all. It's not needed, and it creates a lot of blood sugar fluctuation. I totally understand the peaches when no appetite. I do that on occasion when I need it (without the ice cream), and I add some fat, so it's more filling (a full fat vanilla sauce). Sometimes you just have to eat whatever you can get down.

But in these homes you don't always have the choice to have something with more fat and less carbs. I get the impression that they are still functioning under the meta that fat=evil and sugar=food.

Just to clarify, an important paper that links Alzheimer's disease to a specific peptide (amyloid beta) seems to be fraudulent, but there are hundreds of other studies that link that peptide to Alzheimer's. The fraud is bad but Alzheimer's research would still have been obsessed with amyloid beta even if this paper had never existed. This article gives a great overview of the situation from years ago (before this fraud was uncovered): https://www.statnews.com/2019/06/25/alzheimers-cabal-thwarted-progress-toward-cure/

Just wanted to point out the image analyst from the article, Elisabeth Bik, is on twitter and does a lot of pointing out frauds, for which she gets a lot of hatemail. Its amazing how obvious frauds don't see to matter to journal editors a lot of the time.