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What Happened to the Medicare Fair Prescription Drug Price Act of 2007?

By The Reverend Published: August 1, 2007


From the Democratic Policy Committee website....

On April 13, 2007, the Senate Finance Committee ordered S. 3, the Medicare Fair Prescription Drug Price Act of 2007, to be reported to the full Senate by a 13-8 vote.

The Bush Administration has issued a Statement of Administration Policy indicating that it strongly opposes Senate Passage of S. 3, and that if S. 3 were presented to the President, he would veto the legislation.Link

Five days later on April 18th this happened....

Senate Republicans Wednesday blocked legislation that would allow the government to negotiate drug prices for the Medicare prescription drug benefit.

Democrats fell four votes short of the required 60 to invoke cloture. Six Republicans, Sens. Norm Coleman (Minn.), Susan Collins (Maine), Chuck Hagel (Neb.), Gordon Smith (Ore.), Olympia Snowe (Maine) and Arlen Specter (Pa.), crossed party lines. Link

The Reverend brings this "why don't the Republicans want Americans to get a break on drug prices" sorespot up again so soon after my "why don't Republicans want more children to have health coverage" questionings of the other day, because of the moral values quality that these stances exude.

When you hear the ignorant ramblings of "moral values voters", claiming that protecting microscopic clumps of cells or keeping cohabitating gays and lesbians from enjoying equal legal rights somehow defines some ridiculously sloganized "culture of life", when you hear those ramblings again, and you know you will, just remember where this "culture of life"s political party of choice stands when it comes to children's health and pharmaceutical costs for Americans.

Just taking a wild guess here....but I think if a poll was taken of the families who have children in need of health care and of those whose drug costs are unbearable, and you asked them, you know, do those needs seem like a moral life issue to you?....I'm guessing they would mostly say yes.

What would you guess?



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