What: All Issues : Corporate Subsidies : Insurance Industry : H.R. 4946. Long-Term Health Care/Motion to Suspend House Rules and Pass a Bill to Provide Tax Breaks to Wealthy Seniors Enrolled in Long-Term Health Plans.
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H.R. 4946. Long-Term Health Care/Motion to Suspend House Rules and Pass a Bill to Provide Tax Breaks to Wealthy Seniors Enrolled in Long-Term Health Plans.
house Roll Call 351     Jul 25, 2002
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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Conservative

Legislation which would grant tax breaks for the purchase of long-term health care was considered under a suspension of House rules. The suspension procedure-which is usually reserved for non-controversial measures-limits the time available for debate, bars amendments to the legislation, and requires a two-thirds majority vote for passage of the legislation. Progressives voted in opposition to the suspension motion based on their opposition to the underlying bill. According to Progressives, only wealthy individuals can afford the high costs of long-term health care; very few lower-income individuals enroll in long-term health care plans as a result (on average, those plans cost $1,007 annually for 65-year olds and $4,100 annually for 79-year olds). In the view of Progressives, assisting low-income seniors with their health care costs is more important than providing tax breaks for wealthy seniors. The motion to suspend the rules and adopt the longterm health care tax breaks was adopted on a 362-61 vote.

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