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 Close the Gap in Prescription Drug Coverage Contained in the Bill. (2003 senate Roll Call 250)
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S. 1. Prescription Drug Benefit/Vote to Table (Kill) an Amendment Designed to Close the Gap in Prescription Drug Coverage Contained in the Bill.
senate Roll Call 250     Jun 26, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

A major concern voiced by Democrats during debate on the prescription drug bill was the gap in coverage between expenditures of $4500 and $5813. For money spent on drugs within that range, beneficiaries would receive absolutely no coverage in the underlying prescription drug bill. Democrats and Progressives argued that the coverage gap, which they viewed as arbitrary and unfair, would disproportionately impact cancer patients and others who most needed drug coverage. In an effort to protect cancer patients, Senator Boxer (D-CA) introduced an amendment which would have closed the coverage gap by providing a prescription drug benefit regardless of drug expenditures and patient needs. Republicans, however, viewed Boxer's proposal as too costly and Senator Grassley (R-IA) motioned to table (strike down) the amendment. The motion to table succeeded on a 54-44 vote and the Boxer amendment was defeated.

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