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Posted on 11/27/2003 4:27:56 AM PST by sopwith
Daschle Statement on Passage of Medicare Legislation
WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Tom Daschle released the following statement today on final passage of the Medicare legislation. "This is a sad day for the millions of seniors who were counting on Congress to help them afford their prescription drugs. As a result of this bill, millions of seniors in South Dakota and across the country will actually pay more for their prescriptions and millions of retirees will lose the good coverage they have today. They include 2.7 million retirees who will lose their current coverage and 6.4 million of the lowest-income seniors, who will have to pay more or lose access to the drugs they need.
"This bill takes billions of dollars that ought to be used to help seniors pay for prescriptions and lavishes on drug companies and HMOs. It doesn't address the fundamental problem, which is that prescription drugs are too expensive for many Americans. It actually prohibits Medicare from negotiating a good deal for seniors and it will prevent people from importing lower-cost drugs from Canada and other countries. Many seniors already understand what a betrayal this is and they're furious.
"Congress is going to have to come back and fix the damage this bill will inflict on Medicare and on seniors. Democrats intend to lead that fight, just as we have led the fight for prescription drug coverage for every senior for many years.
"One part of this bill that does reflect genuine progress is the equity for rural health care providers. This is critical for South Dakota and many other states and it's something I've worked on for a long time. These changes have broad bipartisan support and they could have been accomplished without putting millions of seniors at risk."
"I'm saddened and concerned that many of my fellow Democrats are just as stupid as the President"
I'm sorry STUPID doesn't wash any more for this President. He proves you wrong and wrong, again and again.
What are you gonna call him when he wins four more years, Pudden-head?
Translation: "This is a sad day for the Demonratz who were counting on old geezers to help beat Bush."
On the other hand I am totally against yet another socialist wealth transfer scheme no matter who did it.
So the Dims are suddenly fighting for the poor rich people, the same group they complain about most of the time.
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