What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : The Chronically Ill : S. 1. Prescription Drug Benefit/Vote to Table (Kill) an Amendment Designed to Eliminate All Gaps in Prescription Drug Coverage. (2003 senate Roll Call 236)
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S. 1. Prescription Drug Benefit/Vote to Table (Kill) an Amendment Designed to Eliminate All Gaps in Prescription Drug Coverage.
senate Roll Call 236     Jun 24, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

In the Senate prescription drug bill, Medicare would pay half of all drug costs if those costs are between $276 and $4500 annually. However, between $4501 and $5813, Medicare would not provide any prescription drug benefit unless the beneficiaries had spent over $3700 of their own money on prescription drugs. To eliminate this gap in prescription drug coverage, Senator Boxer (D-CA) offered an amendment which would have provided continual drug coverage regardless of the amount spent on prescription drugs. Progressives pointed out during the debate on Boxer's amendment that the coverage gap would disproportionately impact seniors with cancer, as anti-cancer drugs are some of the most costly on the market. Moreover, Progressives argued that the gap was arbitrary and unfair. Despite support from Progressives, a motion to table (strike down) the Boxer amendment attracted fifty votes from Republicans and the Boxer measure was defeated 54-42.

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