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 to Expand Treatments for Medicare Patients with Cancer, Heart Disease, Alzheimer's Disease, or Diabetes. (2003 senate Roll Call 253)
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S. 1. Prescription Drug Benefit/Vote to Table (Kill) an Amendment to Expand Treatments for Medicare Patients with Cancer, Heart Disease, Alzheimer's Disease, or Diabetes.
senate Roll Call 253     Jun 26, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

One major source of contention during debate on the prescription drug bill revolved around questions about how to spend $12 billion in previously unallocated funding for a prescription drug benefit. One answer to the question came in the form of an amendment offered by Senator Durbin (D-IL). Durbin's amendment proposed to allocate the $12 billion to the Medicare program for the purpose of providing treatments to patients with cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, and diabetes. Progressives supported Durbin's proposal because, in their view, greater efforts should be made to alleviate the pain and suffering of patients that are inflicted with those diseases. Republicans, however, opposed the additional funding contained in Durbin's proposal because they wanted to use the money to subsidize privately-run drug plans. Senator Hatch (R-UT) motioned to table (strike down) the amendment and, with all fifty-one Republicans and a handful of Democrats voting in favor of the tabling motion, the Durbin amendment was defeated on a 57-41 vote.

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