What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : The Chronically Ill : S. 1. Prescription Drug Benefit/Vote to Transfer $6 Billion in Taxpayer Money to the Private Sector. (2003 senate Roll Call 255)
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S. 1. Prescription Drug Benefit/Vote to Transfer $6 Billion in Taxpayer Money to the Private Sector.
senate Roll Call 255     Jun 26, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

An important subject of debate during consideration of the prescription drug bill pivoted around proposals to spend $12 billion in previously unallocated funding for a prescription drug benefit. An amendment by Senator Grassley (R-IA) proposed to channel the $12 billion into two experimental prescription drug coverage plans which would be available from 2009 to 2013. One of those plans would provide $6 billion in coverage for drugs related to preventative care and chronic diseases for individuals enrolled in the traditional Medicare program. The remaining $6 billion would be used to subsidize private drug benefit plans. Progressives opposed Grassley's amendment because, as they saw it, the proposal represented a $6 billion giveaway of taxpayer money to the private sector. Despite opposition from Progressives, Grassley's measure was adopted by a 71-26 vote margin.

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