Letter to the Editor

A courageous stance, but watch out for the pain

Thursday, May 29, 2003

To the editor:

I was ecstatic when I read the Southeast Missourian's endorsement of U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson's consumer-friendly prescription drug bill. However, I predict that your support will have dire consequences.

First of all, the editorial board should be prepared for a rise in your own prescription drug costs of no less than 3,000 percent.

And, after the powerful prescription-drug lobby is through pummeling you for pushing Emerson's bill, you will certainly be in need of what will then be cost-prohibitive prescription pain medication.

If it's any consolation, I am very proud of your courageous stance, even though I'm glad I'm not one of those overly empathetic types who will be able to feel your pain.


Cape Girardeau