What: All Issues : Health Care : Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs : S. Con. Res. 23. Fiscal 2004 Budget Resolution/Vote to Provide a Tax Credit for Individuals Who Are Caring For a Family Member With a Chronic Disease.
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S. Con. Res. 23. Fiscal 2004 Budget Resolution/Vote to Provide a Tax Credit for Individuals Who Are Caring For a Family Member With a Chronic Disease.
senate Roll Call 72     Mar 21, 2003
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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Currently, 125 million Americans suffer from chronic conditions--18 million of whom are children--and the costs of medical care often exceed the financial capacities of family caregivers. To mitigate the financial burdens faced by caregivers, Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) proposed an amendment to the 2004 budget resolution providing a $5000 tax credit for individuals who are assisting a family-member(s) deal with juvenile diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, Down's syndrome, or similar chronic medical conditions. The tax credit would help pay for prescription drugs, home health care, durable medical equipment, or similar medical support and would be paid for by reducing the amount in tax cuts contained in the budget resolution by an estimated $35 billion. Progressives favor Mikulski's amendment as a way to improve the ability of caregivers to provide the necessary medical care that members of their family may require. Republicans voted unanimously in opposition to Mikulski's amendment which was defeated by a 45-54 margin.

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