What: All Issues : Health Care : Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs : S 812. Prescription Drugs/Vote to Provide Poor Senior Citizens with a Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit.
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S 812. Prescription Drugs/Vote to Provide Poor Senior Citizens with a Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit.
senate Roll Call 199     Jul 31, 2002
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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Conservative

As Congress debated helping seniors pay for prescription drugs, a number of proposals were considered. Perhaps the most significant was suggested by Graham (D-FL) and Smith (R-OR): it would pay drug costs for the poorest seniors, and for $25 a year would also cover any costs exceeding $3,300 in a single year. Moreover, all seniors would receive a discount of at least five percent on drug prices. Progressives supported this proposal as a respectable compromise that would cover the seniors who needed help the most. The proposal, however, would have increased the total Congress had allocated for a prescription drug benefit in the annual Budget Resolution. According to Senate rules any member could raise a point of order against the proposal, and if at least 60 members did not agree to waive the point of order, the measure would be rejected. Because they supported the underlying measure, Progressives voted for the waiver. Their support was not enough, and the waiver fell eleven votes short, 49-50, thus rejecting the Graham-Smith prescription drug proposal.

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