What: All Issues : Health Care : Aid to the Chronically Ill : S. 1. Prescription Drug Benefit/Vote to Incent Employers to Maintain Their Drug Plans for Retirees. (2003 senate Roll Call 241)
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S. 1. Prescription Drug Benefit/Vote to Incent Employers to Maintain Their Drug Plans for Retirees.
senate Roll Call 241     Jun 24, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

Because Medicare does not offer a prescription drug benefit, many retirees enrolled in Medicare receive drug coverage through employer-provided plans. Democrats and Progressives, however, worried that the prescription drug legislation before the Senate would induce employers to drop their prescription drug plans and leave retirees with no alternatives to privately-managed drug coverage. In an effort to incent employers to maintain their drug plans for retirees, Senator Dodd introduced an amendment which would have subsidized employer-provided drug plans by an amount equal to the average national monthly premium. Progressives hoped this subsidy would allow employers to continue providing retirees with generous prescription drug coverage. Republicans, however, voted unanimously against the measure and, with the help of four Democrats, the Dodd amendment was defeated 41-55.

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