What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : Seniors : S. 1. Prescription Drug Benefit/Vote to Prevent Retirees From Losing Their Drug Coverage After Passage of the Prescription Drug Bill. (2003 senate Roll Call 259)
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S. 1. Prescription Drug Benefit/Vote to Prevent Retirees From Losing Their Drug Coverage After Passage of the Prescription Drug Bill.
senate Roll Call 259     Jun 26, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

If the prescription drug bill was passed in its original form, seniors who are already enrolled in prescription drug plans will be in jeopardy of losing their coverage; employers, for instance, might terminate their drug coverage plans and direct their retired employees into privately-managed drug coverage plans offered through Medicare. To prevent retirees from losing their coverage as a result of passage of the underlying legislation, Senator Levin (D-MI) introduced an amendment which would have provided a "fallback" drug coverage plan offered through Medicare-and not private insurers-for retirees who lose their coverage as a result of the new law. Progressives voted in support of Levin's proposal as a way to help retirees retain their coverage, which may be more generous than the drug coverage options in the underlying bill, because, in their view, the new legislation should not be allowed to reduce the quality of an individual's level of drug coverage. Republicans voted overwhelmingly against Levin's amendment and, with the help of several Democrats, the measure was defeated 42-54.

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