HOYER: REPUBLICANS SHOULD LISTEN TO SENIORS ON PRESCRIPTION DRUGS ISSUE

For Immediate Release:

July 23, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of the House and Senate Republican Medicare bills, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement:

 “Last Saturday, more than 70 Democratic Members of Congress held town hall meetings across the country to discuss the competing Medicare bills with senior citizens.  Seniors across the country told us they were concerned that the Republican plans won’t provide them with affordable prescription drug coverage that they can count on – and today their reactions are echoed by the facts outlined in a new Congressional Budget Office report.

 “The CBO report indicates that only 11 percent of elderly patients would choose to switch from Medicare into a privately-managed plan under the House bill and even fewer would do so under the Senate bill.  This supports what Democrats and seniors have been saying all along: seniors want an affordable prescription drug benefit under Medicare.

 “The GOP needs to come back to the table and work with Democrats and seniors to craft a plan that will guarantee an affordable prescription drug benefit under Medicare for all of America’s seniors – the kind of benefit that Democrats have never stopped fighting for.”

 

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