What: All Issues : Corporate Subsidies : Pharmaceutical Industry : HR 4954. Prescription Drug Coverage/Vote to Recommit to Committee a Bill to Offer Seniors' a Prescription Drug Benefit Through Unregulated Private Insurance Plans Rather than Medicare.
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HR 4954. Prescription Drug Coverage/Vote to Recommit to Committee a Bill to Offer Seniors' a Prescription Drug Benefit Through Unregulated Private Insurance Plans Rather than Medicare.
house Roll Call 281     Jun 27, 2002
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
Winning Side:
Conservative

Seniors had been asking for several years for a Medicare prescription drug plan that would cover sky-rocketing drug costs. House Republicans proposed a plan administered by Medicare but provided by private insurance companies. The plan had a monthly premium of $33 and an annual deductible of $250. Patients were responsible for 20 percent of costs between $250 and $1,000, 50 percent of costs between $1,000 and $2,000, and all costs between $2,000 and $3,700. The insurance company paid for everything above $3,700. Progressives opposed this plan because it had so many gaps in coverage and because it provided no guarantee that insurance companies would step forward to participate. They supported a Democratic alternative that reduced the premium to $25 per month and required patients to pay 20 percent of costs below $2,000. All costs above $2,000 would be completely covered. This plan was offered by Gephardt (D-MO) as a motion to recommit (send back) the bill to its committee with instructions that the Republican version be replaced with the Democratic version. Progressives voted "yes" on this motion to recommit, but the motion was rejected 204-223.

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