less involved in their parents’ lives, not more. After all, imagine a politician making the following pitch to voters: “I created an environment where people could care for their parents in the way they used to before government got in the way in the first place!” In their zeal to “save” seniors, politicians are overlooking the obvious: the free market has largely worked very well. Seniors are living longer, healthier lives, and they are doing so at prices that would have been unthinkable even 15 years ago. Two-thirds of seniors have some private health insurance for prescription drugs, and those medications have dramatically altered the health care landscape. Prescription drugs are the remedy of choice precisely because the free market has been allowed to operate. Pharmaceuticals made a boatload of cash producing drugs that lowered the cost of health care and reduced the incidence of invasive surgeries. Not surprisingly, they're still at it-—but only so long as they can continue to profit from making us healthier. Dick Gephardt looks at a glass that is more than half-full, and he declares the water intolerable. The situation that caused the Democrat demagogue to quiver with emotion? His mother has to pay $200 a month for glaucoma medication. $200 for her eyesight—-less than 2% of her son’s monthly paycheck-—would seem a small price to pay, yet Gephardt’s entitlement mindset has led him to believe that he should not be responsible for shouldering such a light burden. Dick Gephardt may not want to care for his own mother, but the rest of us should want to care for our own families. Government has far better things to do than get in our way.