What: All Issues : Government Checks on Corporate Power : Insurance Industry : H.R. 1. Prescription Drug Benefit/Vote to Recommit to Committee a Bill to Provide Seniors With Drug Coverage Through the Private Sector Rather Than Through the Medicare Program. (2003 house Roll Call 331)
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H.R. 1. Prescription Drug Benefit/Vote to Recommit to Committee a Bill to Provide Seniors With Drug Coverage Through the Private Sector Rather Than Through the Medicare Program.
house Roll Call 331     Jun 26, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

The Republican-drafted prescription drug bill under consideration would give seniors drug coverage either through private insurance plans, if they remained in the Medicare program, or through new private health networks (which function much like preferred provider organizations, or PPO's) if seniors switched out of Medicare. Progressives opposed the bill because, in their view, drug coverage should be provided directly though Medicare and not contracted out to the private sector. One of the few procedural tools available to opponents of a piece of legislation is the motion to recommit the bill to committee to make specified changes. During debate on the Republican drug bill, Representative Thompson (D-CA) motioned to recommit the bill to committee with instructions to provide drug coverage directly through Medicare instead of though private companies. Progressives supported the motion to recommit based on their objections to the underlying legislation. As is usually the case, the motion to recommit was defeated; the vote was 208-223.

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