What: All Issues : Health Care : Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs : S. 1. Prescription Drug Benefit/Vote on a Democratic Substitute Measure to Provide a Prescription Drug Benefit Through Medicare.
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S. 1. Prescription Drug Benefit/Vote on a Democratic Substitute Measure to Provide a Prescription Drug Benefit Through Medicare.
senate Roll Call 245     Jun 25, 2003
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
Winning Side:
Conservative

During Senate debate on a prescription drug bill, Senator Durbin (D-IL) offered a substitute bill which, in the view of Progressives, corrected some serious problems in the underlying legislation. First, Durbin's proposal would have provided a prescription drug benefit through Medicare rather than through private insurers. Progressives supported this publicsector approach because they worried that private companies seek to maximize profits whenever possible, even if drug coverage suffers as a result. Second, unlike the underlying bill, Durbin's plan would have had no premiums, no deductible, no gaps in coverage, and would have utilized the purchasing power of the entire Medicare system to negotiate the purchase of cheaper prescription drugs from drugmakers. Progressives voted in favor of Durbin's bill but the measure was rejected 39-56.

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